Labour ministry disburses unemployment benefits of Rs 73.23 cr to 55,125 beneficiaries under ABVKY

The labour ministry has disbursed unemployment benefits of Rs 73.23 crore to 55,125 beneficiaries under the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY), labour minister Bhupender Yadav said in response to a question in Lok Sabha on Monday.

ABVKY is a welfare scheme of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), under which unemployed insured persons are provided cash relief for a period of maximum 90 days.

The rate of relief under the scheme has been recently raised to 50% from 25% of the average daily earnings of the claimant earlier. The scheme, which came into force on July 1, 2018 and initially launched for two years, has now been extended till June 30, 2022.

Under the relaxed norms, even the waiting period to file a claim has been reduced from 90 days to 30 days while the mandatory filing through employer and submission of affidavit by the claimant has been dispensed with.

In response to a separate question, labour minister Yadav said the National Database for Unorganized Workers (NDUW) is expected to be ready by August 2021.

“The process for dry run and security audit is underway. The project is expected to commence the registration work by August, 2021 after addressing all critical technical issues,” minister Yadav said.

“Thereafter, the state governments are to populate the data on the portal through mobilising the unorganised workers,” he further said, adding that the Common Service Centre through its network of over 4 lakh centres and selected post offices of the department of posts will work as enrollment centres where workers can visit and register themselves free of cost.

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