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 limits are

Period Wage limit {a month} (Rs.)

19.04.1948 to 27.01.1968

400.00

28.01.1968 to 29.11.1975

500.00

30.11.1975 to 26.01.1985

1,000.00

27.01.1985 to 31.03.1992

1,600.00

01.04.1992 to 31.12.1996

3,000.00

01.01.1997 to 31.03.2004

6,500.00

01.04.2004 to 30.09.2006

7,500.00

01.10.2006 to 30.04.2010

10,000.00

01.05.2010 to 31.12.2016

15,000.00

01.01.2017 -

21,000.00

 

1. The wage 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. Wage 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/Beneficiaries 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