To simplify the process of making claims, the government on Sunday said that under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY) of ESIC claims no longer require to be made via affidavit forms.
The ESI Corporation had decided in August to extend the Scheme, 'Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana' from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
"It was also decided to enhance the rate of relief under the scheme from present 25% of the average daily earning to 50% of average daily earning and also relax the eligibility conditions for the period 24.03.2020 to 31.12.2020 to provide relief to the workers who have become unemployed during Covid-19 pandemic," said Ministry of Labour & Employment said in a statement.
The ministry in its analysis of beneficiary responses to the scheme under relaxed conditions found that the condition of submitting the claim in affidavit form is causing inconvenience to the claimants.
"Considering the difficulties faced by the beneficiaries, it has now been decided that the claimant who has submitted the claim under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana online and uploaded the scanned copies of the required documents i.e. copies of Aadhaar and bank details need not submit the physical claim," the ministry said.
If the documents are not uploaded at the time of online filing of the claim, claimant can submit the printout of the claim duly signed along with the required documents. Condition for submitting the claim in affidavit form has been dispensed with.