In its continuous endeavour to cover more workers under the ESI Scheme, Ministry of Labour & Employment has extended the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) scheme for the first time to Arunachal Pradesh.

It will come into effect from November 1.

A notification to this effect has been issued by the Central Government for notifying the district of Papum Pare, under ESI Scheme.

All factories located in the district of Papum Pare of Arunachal Pradesh employing 10 or more persons shall become eligible for coverage under ESI Act 1948.

Significantly, no physical documents are required to be submitted for registration under the ESI Act.

The employees working in these factories, earning wages up to Rs 21,000 per month (Rs 25, 000 per month for persons with disability) shall be eligible for coverage under the ESI Scheme.

The covered employees and their dependants shall become eligible for a host of benefits including cashless medical care services, sickness benefit, maternity benefit, employment injury benefit and dependant benefit in case of death due to employment injury, unemployment benefit etc.

Arrangements for medical care are being made through a newly opened Dispensary Cum Branch Office (DCBO) at Itanagar.

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation is a social security organization providing comprehensive social security benefits.

It is covering about 3.49 crores of family units of workers and providing matchless cash benefits and reasonable medical care to its 13.56 crore beneficiaries.

Apart from various benefits, the employees covered under the ESI Scheme are also entitled to unemployment allowance under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna (ABVKY) and Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojna (RGSKY).

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