July saw the highest quantity of new subscribers joining with the ESIC-run social safety schemes in any month of the present fiscal, indicating an improvement in the job marketplace situation as lockdown and restriction on movement eased.
According to official information, about 13.21 lakh new members joined Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) scheme in July 2021 as against 10.58 lakh in June, 8.87 lakh in May and 10.72 lakh in April.
The most up-to-date information, released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), showed that of the total 13.21 lakh new enrollments in July, 2.26 lakh had been females, the highest in any month in the present fiscal so far.
According to the report, in 2020-21, 1.15 crore new subscribers joined with the ESIC, reduced than 1.51 crore in 2019-20 and 1.49 crore in 2018-19.
During September 2017 to March 2018, about 83.35 lakh new subscribers joined the ESI scheme.
Overall, 5.42 crore new subscribers joined the ESI scheme involving September 2017 and July 2021.
The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 is applicable to non-seasonal, manufacturing establishments employing 10 or more workers. For overall health and health-related institutions, the threshold limit is 20 or more workers. The wage ceiling is Rs 21,000 per month.