FCI employees, workers to obtain ex-gratia compensation in case of death related to Coronavirus

NEW DELHI: The government announced on Friday that it will pay ex-gratia or money in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 35 lakh and contract workers, in the event that someone dies from an infection.

This will cover around 1.09 lakh workers and officers.

Compensation will be provided in the event of crown-related deaths during service occurring through September 23 (within six months after March 24 when the blockade went into effect).

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This ex-gratia pay model is likely to repeat itself for truckers and helpers who are also engaged in essential services. The government will open a launch portal for driver and helper registration for this purpose and their credentials will be verified.

In announcing the decision of contract employees and workers, the Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan He said that at least 80,000 workers are working 24x7 to supply food grains across the country amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

A source said the Center approved monetary compensation to the dependent members or legal heirs of FCI employees and workers to protect their families.

Government departments are taking the ex-gratia route instead of insurance coverage, as the latter will require a high premium.

There the monetary compensation has been put into six categories. There will be compensation of Rs 35 lakh for about 600 employees, Rs 30 lakh for 6,000 employees and Rs 25 lakh for almost 16,000 employees. Similarly, there will be compensation of Rs 15 lakh for other FCI employees, including on-call and ward and cleaning staff.

Compensation for contract workers was set at Rs 10 lakh.

Meanwhile, a food ministry spokesman said that the families of FCI employees are currently entitled to compensation in the event of death from a terrorist attack, bomb blast, mob attack or natural disaster. But regular and contract workers are not covered.