ESIC extends COVID-19 Relief Scheme
Mohali, June 17, 2021:
The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is going to provide Relief to the dependents of the insured persons who died due to COVID-19, informed an ESIC spokesperson on Thursday.
The validity of the Scheme is for the period of two years with effect from 24.03.2020. The dependents of the Insured Persons who were employees under section 2(9) of ESI Act, 1948 and who died due to COVID-19 disease, are eligible for relief under this Scheme, subject to the conditions that the deceased Insured Person must have been registered on ESIC online portal at least 3 months prior to the date of diagnosis of COVID-19 disease resulting in his/her death, the deceased Insured Person must have been in insurable employment on the date of diagnosis of COVID-19 disease and contributions for at least 70 days should have been paid or payable in respect of him / her during a period of maximum 1 year immediately preceding the diagnosis of COVID-19 disease resulting in death.
The Relief will be granted at the rate of 90% of the average wages of the deceased Insured Person to the eligible dependents of the Insured Person every month and it will be paid directly in their bank account. The minimum relief under the scheme shall be Rs. 1800/- per month.
The claim for relief, along with COVID-19 positive report and Death Certificate of the Insured Person can be applied to the nearest ESIC Branch Office. The claim will be settled within 15 days of submission of claim.
ESIC informed that the Insured Person diagnosed with COVID-19 disease can avail Sickness Benefit at the rate of 70% of average daily wages under ESI Act, 1948 for the period he/she remains absent due to sickness, certified by Medical Practitioner. Maximum duration of Sickness Benefit is 91 days in 1 year and for availing Sickness Benefit, the contribution in respect of the Insured Person should have been paid or payable of 78 days in corresponding half yearly contribution period.
In the event of unfortunate death of the Insured Person, an amount of Rs. 15,000/- towards the Funeral Expenses is payable to the eldest surviving member of the Insured Person's family or the person who performs the last rites of the Insured Person.