Sunday, 16 August 2020

Circle Union writes to Chief PMG for expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to cover death due to COVID-19

No. P3NFPE-Odisha/03 - 08/2020
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 16th August, 2020
The Chief Postmaster General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub: Expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to cover death due to COVID-19

This is regarding expeditious settlement of compensation of Rs.10 lakh to cover death due to COVID-19.

As aware, Odisha Postal Circle has already witnessed 5 death cases due to Covid-19 as follows. But, regretfully, as per information collected from the concerned Divisions, due process has not yet been initiated by the respective Divisional Heads either to pay proper regards to the family members of the deceased COVID-19 warrior or to pay the compensation of Rs.10 lakh.

Sl. No.
Name and Address of the Deceased COVID-19 Warrior
Date of Death
Girija Prasad Dash, Ex-PA, Parlakhemundi HO
Rabindranath Pradhan, GDS BPM, Baunsalundi BO in account with Jillundi SO under Aska Division
Prasant Kumar Dash, BPM, B.Katapalli in account with Bardol SO under Sambalpur Division
Santosh Kumar Behera, MTS, TMO, Aska under RMS ‘BG’ Division, Berhampur
Babu Sahu, ABPM, Madhabandha BO in Account with Chikiti SO under Berhampur Division

As reported to us, the concerned Divisional Heads are waiting for submission of the required application by the widowed wife / dependent family members of the deceased COVID-19 Warriors 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 along 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, our 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 required application may be collected from the widow or any other eligible dependent family members from the door point as a mark of respect to the deceased COVID-19 Warrior by the officer / official while delivering a condolence message and effecting payment of immediate financial assistance 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.

The family members of the deceased COVID-19 Warriors are waiting with much expectation for immediate settlement of the compensation.

Therefore, this Union requests to direct the concerned Divisional Heads for collection of required application / documents from the door point of the deceased COVID Warriors and process all 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.

Requesting your favourable decision, Sir.

With regards.

Yours faithfully,

(Bruhaspati Samal)
Circle Secretary

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