Bhubaneswar, Oct 8: The Odisha government today issued guidelines for providing financial assistance to spouse or next of Kin of persons who succumb to COVID-19 while in active line of duty and are not eligible for insurance coverage under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package announced by Government of India.
In order to instil a sense of confidence and security among all the frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19, government after careful consideration have been pleased to decide:
- The claims of COVID Warriors, held ineligible by Govt. of India and found eligible as per the Government of Odisha Guidelines.
2. Collector of the concerned district shall be the authorised person to settle the claims
3. Since, approval of Govt. of India on our proposal for settlement of claims of COVID Warriors are still pending, in order to avoid any double payment, the Spouse/Next of Kin of the deceased persons shall submit an undertaking to return the entire amount of settlement, if the same will be borne by Govt. of India in future, along with the bank account details of the claimant before the concerned Collector.
4. All the Administrative Departments will scrutinize the claims and finalise the list of eligible claimants in respect of the COVID Warriors pertaining to their Departments as per the above mentioned Guidelines at their level.