covered/uncovered along with their wages/attendance/contri but ion deposited by their
employers. ICT division has successfully upgraded the system commensurate with the rapid
growth of ESIC in addition to the changing business rules and environment, i.e., a) incorporation
of reduced rate of contribution for employers in newly implemented areas. b) incorporating the
enhancement in wage ceiling limit from ₹ 15,000/-to ₹ 21,000/- c) the date of payment of ESI
contribution has been changed to 15th day after the end of the month.
Unemployment Allowance under Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana (RGSKY) has been
enhanced from 12 to 24 months. In order to get benefits under RGSKY, the eligibility of
contribution condition has also been reduced from three to two years for getting the benefits. In
order to encourage employment of disabled person, the employers share of contribution in
respect of such disabled employees is paid by the Central government for initial ten years. The
employers are exempted from paying their share of contribution up to 10 years in respect of all
permanently disabled persons irrespective of their wages working in factories and establishments
covered under ESI Act.
ESIC has launched new scheme “One IP-Two Dispensaries” for the benefit of migrant
workers. Now, through employer, the insured women/persons can choose two dispensaries, one
for self and another for family residing at different locations of the country.
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
The Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 provides
for Provident Fund, Pension Scheme and Insurance Fund in factories/ establishments employing
twenty or more employees in industries mentioned in Schedule-I to the Act. The following three
schemes framed are: Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme, 1952; Employees’ Pension Scheme,
1995 and Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976.
Although for monitoring compliance of covered establishments, the system assisted tool in
the form of CCTS Computerized Compliance Tracking System was provided to the field offices
of EPFO, no concrete system or procedure for detection of coverable establishment was available
to the compliance machinery. It resulted in belated coverage of establishments with
consequential legal implications as the establishments were mostly found coverable from
retrospective dates but refused to take up past liability related to statutory dues, payment of
interest and damages for belated remittance, prosecution cases etc. The Act is applicable on its
own volition and these legal actions are attracted for non compliance for whatsoever reason.
The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 provides for
Provident Fund, Pension Scheme and Insurance Fund in factories/ establishments employing
twenty or more employees in industries mentioned in Schedule to the Act. The Government of
India through the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) administers the Employees’
Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF&MP) Act, 1952 and the following three
schemes framed there under: Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme,1952; Employees’ Pension
Scheme, 1995, and Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976.
The EPFO has launched a portal for Online Registration of Establishments for the
Universal Account Number