Good News! Central govt to give half salary to 40 lakh employees who lost work during Lockdown

Coronavirus has put the entire world in a lockdown as there is no antidote of this disease so far. Millions of people across India are under shutdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The pandemic has left a huge impact on the lives of almost everyone. The shutdown has also left industrial workers in disarray. In a move that will benefit at least 40 lakh jobless industrial workers, the Modi government has announced to give 50% of their three months’ salary as unemployment benefit. 

The move will give relief to those who lost their jobs between March 24 and 31. Lakhs of people have lost their jobs in the country over the past 4 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In such a situation, the central government has brought some good news to give all these unemployed people a sigh of relief. If someone is unemployed during the Corona period, he will get unemployment allowance. Let us tell you how you can avail the benefit of this scheme.

Only those who are registered under the Workers Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will take advantage of this scheme. To benefit the workers, the Atal Insured Persons Welfare Scheme, which is operated by ESIC, has been extended till 30 June 2021. Unemployment allowance is available under this welfare scheme.

“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. The enhanced relief under the relaxed conditions will be payable during the period of 24.03.2020 to 31st December 2020,” a statement from the ESIC said.

“The move will give cash benefits equivalent to 50 per cent of the last drawn average wage to eligible insured persons (IP) under ESIC for three months,” Amarjeet Kaur, a board member of the ESIC, said. 

Unemployed people can avail this allowance for maximum 90 days (three months). He can claim 50 percent of the average salary for three months. Earlier this limit was 25 percent.

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