Yogi Govt Pays Rs 600 Cr to Kin of Over 2,000 Employees Who Died of Covid During Panchayat Polls

The Uttar Pradesh authorities has disbursed over Rs 600 crore as compensation to the households of practically 2,000 authorities workers who died after contracting Covid-19 whereas on panchayat polls responsibility within the state between April-May throughout the lethal second wave of the pandemic.

News18 has accessed a state authorities order dated August 26 transferring Rs 606 crore to the State Election Commission and ordering district magistrates to switch Rs 30 lakh every to the households of over 2000 state authorities workers who had died.

“The District Magistrates (DMs) would transfer the money within a week through RTGS in bank accounts of the next-of-kin of the deceased employees,” says the order signed by UP Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Singh, which was despatched to the state election fee and all DMs.

The order has listed the names of all 2128 state authorities workers who had died after being on panchayat polls responsibility — 2097 of them resulting from Covid-19 and 31 workers resulting from non-Covid causes. The UP authorities had initially mentioned only a few workers had died resulting from Covid-19 whereas on responsibility throughout the elections, citing the factors of the state election fee that dying is counted provided that it occurred throughout the time an worker left his home for responsibility and returned again.

The August 26 order says the federal government has expanded that criterion on “compassionate grounds” to contemplate 2128 deaths of workers for compensation. “In the benefit of the deceased employees and on compassionate grounds due to situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the criteria has been changed to consider deaths within 30 days of the training, polling or counting process of the Panchayat polls,” the UP authorities’s August 26 order says. This was after a outstanding lecturers union claimed deaths in April and May of over 2000 lecturers and people from varied different authorities departments who had been on ballot responsibility and contracted Covid and died after some days.

The August 26 order says Rs 606 Crore is being launched to the State Election Commission and one other Rs 27.75 crore is being organized by the federal government as Rs 633.75 crore is required to compensate households of 2128 deceased workers with Rs 30 lakh every. Hence, households of 96 workers must wait a bit extra for getting the compensation.

The Panchayat polls held within the state had come beneath a lot fireplace for being held proper in the course of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The Allahabad High Court didn’t entertain a PIL in April which had sought the postponement of the Panchayat elections and so they had been held in April and May as per an earlier High Court order.

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