ESIC approves new amnesty scheme

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) today approved a fresh amnesty scheme for withdrawal of cases against the defaulting employers and employees in its meeting held here.

The approved scheme will come into order from January 1 next year and will remain effective till the end of 2008.

''The quantum of relief in damages leviable/levied to the extent of 75 per cent as specified under Regulation 31-C would be provided to the employers and the damages leviable/levied to the extent of 25 per cent only would be claimed from the employers,'' said an official statement.

The meeting also approved the introduction of a self-certification system to minimise the need of inspections. The employers employing up to 40 employees who are regular in compliance, will not be required to get the return certified by a Chartered Accountant and shall only submit a self-certificate.

The 141st meeting also approved the review of the 'Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana' and resolved that the clause of 50 per cent disability under non-employment injury cases be reduced to 40 per cent disability so that more Insured Persons (IPs) could be covered under the scheme.

It also approved the creation of a Sub-Regional Office of International Social Security Association (ISSA) at ESIC Headquarters here.

The ESI Corporation is an affiliate Member of the ISSA which comprises of more than 365 Institutions and bodies in over 155 countries and promotes corporation at international level in the area of social security.

UNI

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