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Around 10.28 lakh new members joined the ESIC-run social security scheme in November 2021 against 12.39 lakh in the previous month, official data showed on Tuesday, giving a perspective on formal sector employment in the country.

The latest data is part of a report released showing  Gross new enrolments with Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) were as follows :

·       10.78 lakh in April, 

·       8.91 lakh in May, 

·       10.68 lakh in June, 

·       13.42 lakh in July, 

·       13.47 lakh in August and 

·       13.57 lakh in September 2021, the latest data showed.

June, July and August figures show an increase in enrolments after easing of COVID-induced restrictions by states post the second wave of the pandemic that hit the country in mid-April last year.

The report showed that gross enrolments of new subscribers with ESIC were 1.15 crore in 2020-21, compared to 1.51 crore in 2019-20 and 1.49 crore in 2018-19.

From September 2017 to March 2018, around 83.35 lakh new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. The report said gross new enrolments with ESIC from September 2017 to November 2021 were 5.93 crore.

The  report is based on the payroll data of new subscribers of various social security schemes run by ESIC, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

It showed that from September 2017 to November 2021, around 4.88 crore (gross) new subscribers joined the Employees’ Provident Fund scheme.

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