Coverage under the ESI Act, 1948
Under Section 2(12) the Act is applicable to non-seasonal factories employing 10 or more persons.
Under Section 1(5) of the Act, the Scheme has been extended to shops, hotels, restaurants, cinemas including preview theatres, road-motor transport undertakings and newspaper establishments employing 20* or more persons.
Further under section 1(5) of the Act, the Scheme has been extended to Private Medical and Educational institutions employing 20* or more persons in certain States/UTs.
*Note: 14 State Govts. / UTs have reduced the threshold limit for coverage of shops and other establishments from 20 to 10 or more persons. Remaining State Governments/UTs are in the process of reducing the same.
The existing wage limit for coverage under the Act is Rs. 15,000/- per month ( w.e.f. 01/05/2010).
The ESI Scheme is being implemented area-wise by stages. The Scheme has already been implemented in different areas in the following States/Union Territories of Indian Union.
All the States except Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
Delhi and Chandigarh
|Coverage(As on 31st March, 2014)|
|No. of Insured Person family units||1.95 Crores|
|No. of Employees||1.74 Crores|
|Total No. of Beneficiaries||7.58 Crores|
|No. of Insured women||0.29 Crores|
|No. of Employers, etc||6.69 Lacs|