ESI coverage for informal, contractual municipal employees
They will probably be entitled to illness profit, maternity profit, disablement profit, dependent’s profit, funeral bills and so forth..
Casual and contractual employees of municipal firms within the nation could be coated below the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948, Union Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar stated on Thursday.
The Minister stated the ESI Corporation (ESIC) had been directed to take up the matter with States and Union Territories as they have been the suitable authority below the Act to concern a notification extending coverage to informal and contractual workers of municipal our bodies. For Delhi, because the Central authorities was the suitable authorities below the Act, the Labour Ministry issued the notification on Monday, he stated.
Mr. Gangwar stated municipal our bodies are likely to make use of a “large number of casual and contractual workers”, who’re ignored of the social safety web as they don’t seem to be common employees. He stated the extension of ESI advantages would assist in betterment of those employees who’re a weak lot.
“Once notifications for ESI coverage are issued by the respective States/ UTs, the casual and contractual workers working with municipal bodies will be able to avail the full gamut of benefits available under the ESI Act such as sickness benefit, maternity benefit, disablement benefit, dependent’s benefit, funeral expenses etc. In addition and importantly, these workers will be eligible to avail medical services through vast network of ESI facilities i.e. 160 hospitals and over 1500 dispensaries all over the country,” a Ministry assertion stated.