Monthly wage ceiling for ESIC cover raised from Rs15,000 to Rs21,000

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has approved an increase in the wage ceiling from the present Rs15,000 per month to Rs21,000 to be eligible for availing benefits under the scheme.

The enhancement of wage ceiling will bring more employees under ESIC coverage. In addition, the decision has also been taken to ensure coverage of the scheme in all districts of the country.

The draft rules calling for objections has been published in Gazette of India on 6 October 2016.

The ESIC at its meeting on 7 August 2015 had decided to bear the expenses on super specialty treatment over and above the expenditure of state government. It has also decided to consider eligibility of pre-existing diseases, ie, for malignancy and dialysis as prospective with effect from 30 August 2016.

Further, ESIC has revised eligibility for super specialty treatment to include children of insured persons with congenital diseases and genetic disorders, minister of state for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.