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, newspaper establishments, establishments engaged in Insurance Business, Non Banking Financial Companies, Port Trust, Airport Authorities and Warehousing establishments employing 10* or more persons.
Further under section 1(5) of the Act, the Scheme has been extended to Private Medical and Educational institutions employing 10* or more persons in certain States/UTs.
The existing wage limit for coverage under the Act effective from 01/01/2017 is Rs.21,000/- per month [Rs. 25,000/- per month in the case of persons with disability].

*Note: However the threshold for Coverage of establishments is still 20 Employees in Maharashtra and Chandigarh.

The ESI Scheme is now notified in 540 Districts in 34 States and Union Territories, which include 354 fully notified districts and 186 partially notified districts where scheme is notified in Districts Headquarters Area & in Centers. The scheme is yet to be implemented in Arunachal Pradesh and Lakshadweep. The status of notification District wise is annexed.

Coverage(As on 31st March 2018)  
No. of Insured Persons/ Family Units 3.43 Crores
No. of Employees 3.11 Crores
Total No. of Beneficiaries 13.32 Crores
No. of Insured women 45.42 Lakhs
No. of Employers, etc 10.33 Lakhs


Last updated / Reviewed : 2019-04-02