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ESI: Increase in dependant parents income limit for medical benefit eligibility

The Income limit for availing medical benefit for the dependent parents of an Insured Person covered under ESI Scheme has been enhanced from the existing Rs. 5,000/- per month from all sources to Rs. 9,000/- per month.

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Rule 61-A of the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950: Income limit of dependant parents for eligibility to medical benefit.—

“The income of dependant parents for eligibility to medical benefit under sub-clause (v) of clause (11) of section 2 of the Act from all sources should not exceed five thousand rupees in a month.”

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Ministry of Labour and Employment Notification dated the 26th August, 2019 (Date of its publication in the Official Gazette: 26th August, 2019).—

G.S.R. 599(E).—Whereas, a draft containing certain rules further to amend the Employees' State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, section 3, sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R.446(E), dated the 24th June, 2019 as required by sub-section (1) of section 95 of the Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948), inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby before the expiry of a period of thirty days from the date on which the copies of the Official Gazette containing the said notification was published were made available to public;

 And whereas, no objection or suggestion has been received from any person in respect of the said draft rules within the period specified above for consideration by the Central Government;

 Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 95 of the Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948), the Central Government, after consultation with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Employees' State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, namely:—

1. (1) These rules may be called the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Amendment Rules, 2019.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, in rule 61-A, for the words “five thousand rupees”, the words “nine thousand rupees” shall be substituted.


Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Part II, section 3, sub-section (i) vide notification number S.R.O. 212, dated the 22nd June, 1950 and last amended vide notification Number G.S.R. 423(E), dated the 13th June, 2019.

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