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Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States.

Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana:


Context:

Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided that in cases where the employer has shown “Zero” contribution in respect of an employee for some months before exiting him from the system, the relief under ABVKY for such period of “Zero” contribution, shall also be allowed.

What’s the issue?

  • It was brought to the notice of ESIC that in some cases employers have struck off their employees from the rolls few months after actually terminating them from service.
  • During this period, ESI contribution was also not filed by the employers for these employees in the system.
  • As the relief under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana is available only in case of unemployment of the Insured Persons, such employees though terminated from service became ineligible for relief under this scheme.

About the scheme:

  • It is a welfare measure being implemented by the Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) Corporation.
  • It offers cash compensation to insured persons when they are rendered unemployed.
  • The Scheme was introduced in 2018.

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In 2020, eligibility criteria for availing the relief were relaxed, as under:

  1. The payment of relief has been enhanced to 50% of average of wages from earlier 25% of average wages payable upto maximum 90 days of unemployment.
  2. Instead of the relief becoming payable 90 days after unemployment, it shall become due for payment after 30 days.
  3. The Insured Person can submit the claim directly to ESIC Branch Office instead of the claim being forwarded by the last employer and the payment shall be made directly in the bank account of IP.
  4. The Insured Person should have been insurable employment for a minimum period of 2 years before his/her unemployment and should have contributed for not les than 78 days in the contribution period immediately preceding to unemployment and minimum 78 days in one of the remaining 3 contribution periods in 02 years prior to unemployment.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About the scheme.
  2. Objectives.
  3. Eligibility.
  4. Benefits.
  5. About ESIC.

Mains Link:

Discuss the objectives and significance of the scheme.

Sources: PIB.