The Centre proposed welfare measures on Saturday, including a pension for families who have lost earning members as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to the steps announced as part of PM CARES for Children- Empowerment of Covid Affected Children, the government has announced further steps to assist families that have lost a breadwinner as a result of Covid, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“They will pay a pension to the families of those who died as a result of Covid, as well as a more liberalized and expanded insurance compensation.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that his administration stands in solidarity with their families and that attempts are being made through these initiatives to alleviate any financial issues they may encounter.
The government has expanded the benefit of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) pension scheme for employment-related death cases to include those who died as a result of Covid, allowing families to live a dignified life and maintain a decent standard of living.
The Employees Provident Fund Organization-Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) scheme’s insurance benefits have been improved and liberalized.
This will benefit all beneficiaries, but it will be especially beneficial to the families of employees who have died as a result of Covid.
The maximum insurance benefit amount has been raised from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
The provision of a minimum insurance benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh has been reinstated and will apply retroactively from February 15, 2020 for the next three years.
“The condition of continuous employment in only one establishment has been liberalized to benefit families of contractual or casual workers, with benefits being made available to even those employees who may have changed jobs in the last 12 months preceding their death,” the PMO said, adding that detailed guidelines for these schemes are being issued by the Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Written By: Swati Sahoo