Like most of the social security schemes, the World over ESI Scheme is a self financing Insurance Scheme taking care of health hazards and other risks of the low paid employees covered under the scheme . Contributions are raised from covered Employers and their Employees as fixed percentage of wages. At present the Employees' contribute 1.75% of their wages while the Employer contributes 4.75% of the wages payable to the Employees. Employees whose average daily wages during the wage period is less than Rs.137.00 a day are exempted from paying employees' share of contribution in the concerned wage period.

Employees drawing wages up to a prescribed limit are covered under the ESI Schedule.

The prescribed limit are

Enhanced with effect from Wage limit {a month} (Rs.)

19th April'1948

400.00

28th January'1968

500.00

30th November'1975

1,000.00

27th January'1985

1,600.00

1st April'1992

3,000.00

1st January'1997

6,500.00

1st April'2004

7,500.00

1st October'2006

10,000.00

1st May'2010

15,000.00

1st January'2017

21,000.00

 

1. The wages limit is fixed and revised from time to time by the Govt of India under section 2(91 of the ESI Act read with Rule-50 of ESI(central) Rules 1950.

2. Wages limit for coverage of employees with disability { second proviso to Rule-50 of the ESI (Central) Rules,1950 } has been introduced with effect from 1st April'2008. The wage limit for coverage of an employee with disability is Rs.25,000.00 a month.

Number of employees/Insured Persons in Odisha Region:

YEAR

NUMBER OF

Employees Insured Persons Beneficiaries
2004 - 2005 1,17,000 1,31,450 5,10,026
2005 - 2006 1,20,333 1,31,422 5,09,917
2006 - 2007 1,30,672 1,43,464 5,56,640
2007 - 2008 1,43,696 1,48,424 5,75,885
2008 - 2009 1,89,692 1,89,892 7,36,680
2009 - 2010 2,36,450 2,36,500 9,17,620
2010 - 2011 2,50,188 2,50,350 9,71,358
2011 - 2012 2,36,995 2,47,897 9,61,840
2012 - 2013 2,85,300 3,294,00 12,780,72
2013 - 2014 3,19,700 3,52,510 13,677,38
2014 - 2015 3,40,050 3,78,270 14,67,687
2015 - 2016 3,65,911 3,99,580 15,50,370
2016 - 2017 5,10,880 5,51,170 21,38,539