1. ESIC raises wage threshold to Rs 21,000

ESIC raises wage threshold to Rs 21,000

The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) today raised the monthly wage threshold to Rs 21,000, from the current Rs 15,000, for coverage under its health insurance scheme.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2016 1:42 PM
In a meeting held today, the ESIC board also decided to give an option to existing insured persons to continue membership even if their basic wage breaches the ceiling of Rs 21,000 per month. (Source: PTI)

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) today raised the monthly wage threshold to Rs 21,000, from the current Rs 15,000, for coverage under its health insurance scheme.

In a meeting held today, the ESIC board also decided to give an option to existing insured persons to continue membership even if their basic wage breaches the ceiling of Rs 21,000 per month.

At present, all those insured under the ESIC scheme lose their membership of ESIC as well as that of the insurance cover if their basic wage overshoots the ceiling.

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“ESIC has raised the threshold wage limit from Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told PTI after the board meeting of ESIC here. Labour Minister is the Chairman of the ESIC Board.

Both the decisions will be implemented from October 1.

Dattatreya added that the move of raising the threshold will help bring in an additional 50 lakh members to ESIC.

At present, ESIC has 2.6 crore insured persons, which covers over 10 crore people, assuming four members of a family.

The minister also said there is a plan to increase the basic wage threshold for retirement fund body EPFO subscribers and it may be considered in the next meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

At present, the basic wage threshold is Rs 15,000 per month for coverage under its social security scheme.

Dattatreya today also launched the first phase of telemedicine services whereby ESIC Model Hospital, Basaidarapur, New Delhi, got connected with three ESI dispensaries at Rudrapur (Uttrakhand), Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) and Kathiyar (Bihar).

ESIs have been providing health care and other social security benefits to workers of a specified wage group for the last 65 years as a labour welfare measure.

Under these new initiatives, ESIC has launched a pilot project of telemedicine services at 11 ESI locations in co-ordination with Health Informatics and Electronics Division (HIED), C-DAC, Mohali, under the Digital India programme.

The launch of these services will lead to provision of specialised healthcare services to ESIC beneficiaries residing/working at different locations with limited medical specialist services.

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    Vachak
    Sep 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm
    All employees should get covered with Mediclaim policy instead of ESIC irrespective of their pay. Or else ESIC hospitals should be well equipped for all types of diseases & the necessary medical treatment facilities.
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      N.Murali
      Sep 7, 2016 at 6:58 am
      Benefits ESIC to workers in India is not doing any good the Workmen. The contribution both from Employee and Employer is being used only to run the ESIC. The NDA II government should abolish ESIC and the same amount can be paid to Insurance Companies under Mediclaim Policy, so that the real benefit can be derived from the contributions from both employee and employer. This is one wrong decision taken by late Prime Minister Mr.Nehru.
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        sunil
        Sep 7, 2016 at 6:22 am
        govt.is lootere
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        1. Tejpal Kukreja
          Sep 6, 2016 at 3:14 pm
          ESIC raises wage threshold to Rs 21,000
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            udayBhanTiwari
            Sep 7, 2016 at 4:14 am
            Very bad treatment is going on in all ESIC of ground label any officer or dr.is not checked these issues and people are face the long problem at the time of treatment. only ESIC staff is collect benefit of ESIC
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              Sunil
              May 10, 2017 at 10:52 am
              Very bad treatment is going on in all ESIC of ground label any officer or dr.is not checked these issues and people are face the long problem at the time of treatment. only ESIC staff is collect benefit of ESIC. yes is agree with you. The GOVERNMENT contribution both from Employee and Employer is being used only to run the ESIC.
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