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Friday, 21 August 2020

PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020 Apply - Half Salary for 3 Months to Industrial Workers (ESIC Members) Who Lost Jobs during COVID-19

Central government has launched PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020 or Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana. In this ABVKY scheme, the Union govt. will provide half salary for 3 months to industrial workers who lost their jobs during COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ease down norms to offer 50% salary for three months as unemployment allowance. Around 40 lakh industrial workers who are members of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC members) would be benefited. People can now check the how to apply for PM Unemployment Allowance Scheme and fill ABKVY application / registration form online.

In the PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme, govt. will provide an amount equal to half of the salary of industrial workers. The central govt. has eased norms to offer 50% salary for 3 months for those who are ESIC members and lost their jobs because of Covid-19 lockdown. 

The allowance will be paid to those who lost jobs between 24 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. 

PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020

ESIC board has approved relaxation in eligibility criteria and enhancement in the payment of unemployment benefit under its Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY). This PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020 would benefit 40 lakh nearly industrial workers who are ESIC members. The central govt. is implementing the ABVKY under which unemployment benefit is paid to the workers covered under ESI scheme. Now each worker who lost their employment due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) will get half salary of 3 months.

As per the official sources, ESIC has decided to extend the scheme for 1 more year up to 30 June 2021. ESIC official statement said "It has been decided to relax the existing conditions and the amount of relief for workers who have lost employment during the COVID-19 pandemic period." It is an enhanced relief under relaxed conditions which is payable for duration b/w 24 March 2020 to 31 Dec 2020. Afterwards, the ABVKY Scheme will be available with original eligibility condition during the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.

It is proposed that the govt. will perform review of relaxed conditions after 31 December 2020. The review will depend upon the need and demand for such relaxed condition.

Eligibility criteria to get Half Salary for 3 Months to Unemployed Workers

ESIC has even relaxed the eligibility criteria to avail relief under Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana. Previously, the unemployment allowance was payable 90 days after unemployment. But with the new PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020, it shall become due for payment after 30 days of getting unemployed.

How to Apply for PM Modi Unemployment Allowance Scheme 2020

The ESIC member can submit the unemployment claim directly to the ESIC branch office. This is different from claim being forwarded by the last employer. The direct link to download ESIC Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana is https://www.esic.nic.in/attachments/circularfile/93e904d2e3084d65fdf7793e9098d125.pdf. The unemployment allowance online application form will appear as shown below:-
The payment shall be made directly in the bank account of insured person. ESIC member should have insurable employment for a minimum period of 2 years before his/her employment. Moreover, beneficiaries should have contributed for not less than 78 days in the contribution period immediately preceding to unemployment and minimum 78 days in one of the remaining 3 contribution periods in two years prior to unemployment.

Furthermore, ESIC board also took the decision to establish ICU/HDU (Intensive care unit) services at 10 per cent of total beds in ESIC Hospitals.

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