Govt announces measures to help families who have lost earning member due to COVID-19

New Delhi, May 29, 2021

The Government today announced measures to help families who have lost their earning member due to COVID-19 as part of which they will get pension and an enhanced and liberalised insurance compensation.

These are in addition to the measures announced under PM CARES Fund for children who have lost both their parents due to COVID-19, an official press release said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government stood in solidarity with their families. He also said that, through these schemes, efforts are being made to mitigate financial difficulties that may be faced by them.

To help the family live a life of dignity and maintain a good standard of living, benefit of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) pension scheme for employment-related death cases is being extended to even those who have died due to COVID.

Dependent family members of such persons will be entitled to the benefit of pension equivalent to 90% of average daily wage drawn by the worker as per the existing norms.

This benefit will be available retrospectively with effect from 24.03.2020 and for all such cases till 24.03.2022.

The insurance benefits under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) have been enhanced and liberalized. Apart from all other beneficiaries, this will in particular help the families of employees who have lost their lives due to COVID.

The amount of maximum insurance benefit has been increased from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. The provision of minimum insurance benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh has been restored and will apply retrospectively from 15th February 2020 for the next three years.

To benefit families of contractual and casual workers, the condition of continuous employment in only one establishment has been liberalized, with benefit being made available to families of even those employees who may have changed jobs in the last 12 months preceding his death.

Detailed guidelines of these schemes will be issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the release added.


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