Monday, October 12, 2009

Bill for more benefits to employees covered under ESI

A bill seeking to provide more benefits to employees covered under Employees State Insurance scheme and their dependents in case of

sickness, maternity and employment injury was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Minister of State of Labour and Employment, Harish Rawat introduced the Employees' State Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2009, to carry out necessary changes in the Employees State Insurance Act, 1948.

The Bill aims at enhancing the age limit from existing 18 years to 21 years for the purpose of giving benefits to dependents.

It includes an apprentice as an employee, provides for benefit to workers for accidents happening while commuting to and from place of work and enables Central government to make rules to decide dependency of parents on basis of income.

It also includes increase in public accountability by valuation of assets once in three years from existing five years and empowers the Central government to specify, by rules, the conditions for medical treatment of an insured person who takes voluntary retirement.

The new measure would ensure health services to the unorganised sector workers under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.

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