Compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to GDS to cover death due to Covid-19 while discharging official duties: Not agreeing to the proposal by DoE, MoF
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
Date – 08.01.2021
All Chief Postmasters General
Subject :- Provision of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) to cover death due to Covid-19 while discharging official duties: Not agreeing to the proposal by DoE, MoF regarding.
I am directed to refer this office letter No.100-04/2020-Pen. dated 17.04.2020 wherein approval for extension of payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) to cover death due to Covid-19 while discharging official duties was conveyed.
2. In this context, this is to inform that a proposal for grant of Rs 10 Lakh compensation to dependents of GDS/departmental employees who have succumbed to Covid-19 was submitted to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, but DoE, MOF has not agreed to it.
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3. Therefore, you are requested to finalise the compassionate engagement cases of dependents of Gramin Dak Sevaks who have succumbed to Covid-19 on priority basis by following the existing guidelines issued vide order No. 17-1/2017-GDS dated 30.05.2017. Further all the service discharge benefits may be paid to their wards/next of kin as per the extant rule on priority basis. A compliance report may be submitted to this Directorate as early as possible.
(Dr. Vincent Baria)