What is the “Contribution period” and “Benefit period”?

Contribution period and Benefit period are periods fixed for the purpose of paying contributions and deriving benefits under the Act. In respect of the contribution period from 1st April to 30th September, the corresponding benefit period shall be from 1st January of the year following, to 30th June; and in respect of the contribution period from 1st October to 31st March of the year following, the corresponding benefit period shall be from 1st July to 31st December of the year following. In the case of a newly employed person, the first contribution period shall commence from the date of employment, and the corresponding first benefit period shall commence on the expiry of 9 months from the said date.
 
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