NEW DELHI :
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has moved a proposal to increase the confinement (maternity) expenses paid to an insured woman or an insured person for his wife under its health insurance scheme to ₹7,500 from ₹5,000.
According to a draft notification issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, stakeholders have been given 30 days’ time for providing their feedback on the proposal to hike maternity benefit under the ESI insurance scheme after which the government would consider the feedback and take the final call.
The notification proposes to change Rule 56A of the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, substituting the words “rupees five thousand” with “rupees seven thousand five hundred”.
Under Rule 56A, an insured woman or an insured person in respect of his wife is paid ₹5,000 per case on account of confinement expenses.
The benefit is available in those
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Despite some new consensus that the additional $600 in federal unemployment benefits shouldn’t disappear entirely, Republicans and Democrats are still far apart on an actual deal. Republicans are looking at a number closer to $200, and Democrats are pushing for benefits closer to $500.
The benefits end on July 31, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that senators won’t start negotiating in earnest until next week, when lawmakers return to the Capitol from recess. McConnell’s top priority for the legislation is protecting schools and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits — an idea Democratic leaders strongly oppose.
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