Grant of Ex-gratia compensation of Rs.50 Lakh to the families of Central Government employees who died due to Covid-19 infection in performance of their duties
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July 7, 2020
Hon’ble Minister for Finance.
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi- 110001
Sub: Ex-gratia compensation to the families of Central Government employces who died due to Covid-19 infection in performance of their duties.
Many Central Government employees (especially those of Armed and Paramilitary Forces. Police. Railways, Postal and Medical Services) have died due to Covid-19 infection caught up in performance of the duties and exigencies of their services. Their Families need to be adequately compensated for the severe loss of the earning member of the family while serving the Nation inspite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No aumount of compensation will ever be enough to recompense for the loss of a life especially in case of the employees who are putting their lives in danger to ensure seamless implementation of Government’s policies & schemes particularly during Covid-19 pandemic. The Government should ensure a life of dignity and respect for the dependent family members of the Central Government employees who die due to Covid-19 infection caught in the course of performance of their duties.
In the present scenario of Covid-19 Central Government employees particularly doctors, para medical staff, health workers, Railways Postal employees. police. Armed & Para Military force, etc. are more prone to get infected with Covid-19 in the course of performance of their duties and some of them are meeting with tragic end.
Thermal scanning is the only screening done for all employees during entry to the work place. Thermal scanning is done for most of the public visiting Government offices. Railway Stations, etc. All corona infected persons particularly asymptomatic persons infected with corona virus can not be screened out by thermal scanning. There are chances of employees getting infected with corona virus from the coworker and from the public.
Major chances of Government employees getting infected with corona virus in the
course of performance of their duty are, in many departments Government employees are required to have direct interaction with public, in industrial establishments it is practically not possible to maintain one meter social distance between employees on the work spot, chances of employees getting infected enroute to duty and return from duty, in Work exigencies employees with co-morbidity conditions and above 55 years of age required to attend work. handling of files by many employees, presence of left out wastes, particularly presence of human waste in rail coaches & tracks, handling of variety of materials & parcels across the nation, etc.
Justice needs to be done for the loss of life through ex-gratia compensation to the
families of Central Government employees who died due to Covid-19 infection caught in the course of performance of their duties
Some of the Government organizations have already announced compensation for its employees who die due to Covid-19 infection in the course of performance of their duties. Some of them enlisted below:
The Government has approved the proposal for grant of es-gratia monetary compensation to 1.08 lakh of workers and officers of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) who are working to supply food grains across the country amidst the outbreak of Corona virus pandemic. Under its provisions, during the six month period from March 24, 2020 to 23 September, 2020 if anybody dies due to COVID-19 infection while on duty with FCI, the Regular FCI Labour will get an ex-gratia of Rupees 15 lakh, Contractual Labour will be entitled to Rs.10 lakh, Category-1 Officers Rs.35 lakh, Category-2 Rs.30 lakh and Category -3 & -4 workers – Rs.25 lakh. (Press release issued by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution is given in Anaexure-1)
The Ministry of Shipping has decided that all the Major Ports may grant compensation/Ex-Gratia of Rs.50 lakh in the event of loss of life due to Covid-19 to the dependent members/legal heirs of the port employees employed directly or through contract by the port. (Press release issued by Ministry of Shipping is given in Annexure-2)
State-run Bank of Baroda (BOB) has announced an ex-gratia cover of Rs 50 lakh for its employees in the event of death due to Corona virus disease. While the PSU bank offers Rs 20 lakh Group Life Insurance cover to its employees, it has added additional Rs 30 lakh that will go to the dependents of the employee in the event of a death.
Grant of ex-gratia compensation to the families of deceased employees infected with Covid-19 in the course of performance of their duties will be doing atleast some justice for the supreme sacrifice made by the employees.
It is therefore requested that, Families of Central Government employees who died because of Covid-19 infected in the course of performance of their duties may please be granted ex-gratia compensation of Rs.50 lakh.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Government approves ex-gratia compensation for more than one lakh FCI employees in case of death due to COVID-19
Posted On: 10 APR 2020 7:39PM by PIB Delhi
The Government has approved the proposal for grant of ex-gratia monetary compensation to 1,08,714 workers and officers of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) Including 80,000 labour who are working 24×7 to supply food grains across the country amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.
Presently, families of FCI employees are entitled to compensation in the event of death due to terrorist attack, bomb blast, mob attack or natural disaster, but the Regular and Contractual Labour of FCI are not covered under ts provisions. Keeping this in view, the Government has decided to provide ex-gratia monetary compensation to all employees and labour of FCI who are working tirelessly despite the threat of infection due to Coronavirus COVID-19.
Under its provisions, during the six month period from March 24, 2020 to 23 September, 2020 if anybody dies due to COVID-19 infection while on duty with FCI, the Regular FCI Labour will get an ex-gratia of Rupees 15 lakh, Contractual Labour will be entitled to Rs.10 lakh, Category-1 Officers Rs.35 lakh, Category-2 — Rs.30 lakh and Category -3 & -4 workers – Rs.25 lakh.
Announcing this, the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shi Ram Vilas Paswan said the Government is committed to provide all possible security to our Corona-warriors engaged in providing essentials and services to the common man during these times of crisis.
Ministry of Shipping
Rs. 60 lakh compensation declared for the Port employees/workers in case of loss of life due to COVID-19
All port employees including contractual labourers employed directly by the Port and other contractual employees are covered
Posted On: 28 APR 2020 3:04PM by PIB Delhi
Ministry of Shipping has decided that all the Major Ports may grant compensation /Ex-Gratia in the event of loss of life due to COVID-19 to the dependent mambers/legal heirs of the port employees as under:
|Category||Amount of compensation/ Ex-Gratia (Rs.)|
|All Port employees including Contract Labourers employed directly by the port||50.00 Lakh|
|Other Contractual Labourers||50.00 Lakh|
Monetary Compensation (a declared to cover the risk of life due to COVID-19 contamination while discharging the Port related duty Port Chairman ts the competent authority for the settling claims’ disbursement of the compensation/Ex-Gratia and verifying authority for the cause of death from COVID-19 This compensation is applicable only for the pandemic of COVID-19 and shall be In force up t0 30.09.2020, subject to review thereatter.