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 members/legal heirs of the port employees.
The government has issued the guidelines under two categories. The first category suggests that all port employees including contract laborers employed directly by the port. And all the remaining contractual laborers come under the second category. In both the categories, the amount compensation/ Ex Gratia will be of Rs 50 lacs.
The monetary compensation is declared to cover the risk of life due to COVID-19 contamination while discharging the Port related duty. Port Chairman is 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 to30.09.2020, subject to review thereafter.
Last month, Finance Minister proposed to provide an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per person to frontline health workers - sanitation staff, paramedics and nurses, ASHA workers, and doctors- who are working to tackle the COVID-19 illness and face the highest risk of contracting the illness. The insurance cover provided to the health workers will be for three months with effect from March 25, 2020.
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