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Amendment in Employees State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950 relating to Maternity Benefits under ESI Scheme - The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948

Please refer to this office letter of even No. dated 06.02.2017 whereby instructions regarding Maternity Benefit was issued.

In view of the amendment in Employees State Insurance (Central) Rules 1950, for the first two maternity benefits Insured Woman shall be entitled to receive Maternity Benefit for 26 weeks of which not more than 8 weeks shall precede the expected date of confinement. For having two or more than two surviving children, IW shall be entitled to receive maternity benefit during the 12 weeks of which not more than 6 weeks shall precede the expected date of confinement.

Instances have come to notice of Hqrs. that the family particulars of IP/IW vary from those available in the IP Portal which lead to undue benefit. In order to obviate this issue, it has been decided to obtain a self declaration from the IW for number of her surviving children as on date of presenting the maternity benefit claim. The requisite Self-Declaration form is enclosed herewith.

It has also been decided that on the basis of Self-Declaration given by the IW, if found varying from family particulars available on IP Portal, the Branch Manager will ensure payment of total 12 week of maternity benefit immediately. Remaining payment, if any, shall be made to IW within 14 days subject to verification of the records of the employer etc.

You are requested to bring it to the notice of all branch offices under your control and ask them to obtain Self-Declaration Form alongwith claim form No.19 from IW for settlement of Maternity Benefit claim.

This issues with the approval of Insurance Commissioner.

  Yours faithfully,
(S. S. Srivastava)
Deputy Director(Bft.)

No. R/14/13/99-Bft.II Dated:-18.07.2017

THE EMPLOYEES’ STATE INSURANCE ACT, 1948

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