Thursday, 30 July 2020
Leader, RJCM (Staff Side) appraises the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle demi-officially for expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to cover death due to COVID-19
D O No. OD / RJCM-COVID-19/2020
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 30th July, 2020
This is regarding expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to cover death of Girija Prasad Dash, Ex-PA, Parlakhemundi HO due to COVID-19 as requested by me vide RJCM DO letter dated 18.07.2020 which has also been acknowledged vide C O letter No. WL/RJCM (RA)/2016, dated 20.07.2020 with reply that necessary action has already been initiated by all concerned in this regard.
But as confirmed from Rayagada Division, no action has yet been taken by the Divisional administration except payment of the immediate financial assistance through the concerned beat postman of his residence in Berhampur. Even, we have failed to serve a condolence message to his family. The Divisional administration is waiting for submission of the required application by his widowed wife with required documents in accordance with the guidelines contained in Directorate letter No. 100 – 4 / 2020 – Pen, Dated 17.04.2020 and No.100 – 4 / 2018 - Pen, Dated 01.06.2018 which direct the dependents of the victim to make application to the Designated Officer with several documents like proof of age of the victim, Death Certificate of the victim, copy of FIR and proof of applicant’s relationship with the victim etc.
In this context, my suggestion is that proof of age is not at all required since it is already in the service record of the employee who died in harness.
Secondly, insisting upon Death Certificate is a time consuming factor during this pandemic situation since offices are not functioning full-fledged. The Doctor’s Certificate of the COVID-19 Hospital is the sufficient proof to process the claim case.
Thirdly, when the entire family is in distress due to sad demise of the employee, it may be inhumane to ask the dependents to apply. The application should be collected from the widow or any other eligible family members from the door point as a mark of respect to the deceased COVID-19 Warrior by the officer / official effecting payment of immediate financial assistance in addition to delivering a condolence message which will expedite the claim process. However, at the time of payment, the Department may insist upon the undertaking and other certificates required if any.
In the meantime, we have already witnessed the 2nd COVID-19 death case. Rabindranath Pradhan, GDS BPM, Baunsalundi BO in account with Jillundi SO under Aska Division who had been admitted to COVID Hospital Berhampur was expired on 29.07.2020.
The family members of the deceased COVID-19 Warriors are waiting with much expectation for immediate settlement of the compensation.
Therefore, I would like to sincerely appeal you to direct the concerned Divisional Heads for collection of required application / documents from the door point of the deceased COVID Warriors and process both the above cases with the Certificate issued by COVID-19 Hospital for expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh with due regards to the sacrifices of the deceased warriors.
Hope, you will give every priority to these sensitive issues.
With warm regards.
Leader (Staff Side)
Col. Jaleswar Kanhar, IPoS
Chief PMG – Cum – Chairman, RJCM
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001