Government employee forum wants free jobs for civil servants succumbing to Covid | Latest India News
A forum of central secretariat officials urged the Union government to provide free ₹1 crore and relax the rules to provide jobs for dependent close relatives as immediate relief for the families of government officials who have lost their lives in the pandemic.
According to a list provided by the Central Secretariat Services Forum (CSS), a body representative of central secretariat services staff, 60 officials from various ministries lost their lives during the second wave of the pandemic. According to government sources, up to 119 officials working at the Central Council of Direct Taxes and 110 at the Central Council of Indirect Taxes have also lost their lives as a result of the pandemic.
The All India Banking Employees Association (AIBEA) which also called on the Center to ensure that the rules are relaxed for humanitarian appointments. AIBEA Secretary General CH Venkatachalam said there had been around 1,400 victims in the banking sector since the pandemic began in 2020.
In a May 26 letter to Minister of Personnel and Training Jitendra Singh, the CSS Forum said: “According to official figures reported in India so far, 0.03% of citizens aged 21 and over are died from Covid-19 while a whopping 0.6% of CSS offices have died from Covid 19 to date, which is 20 times the national average. ”
Seeking a relaxation of the appointment rules, he said there is already a long list of compassionate appointment requests that are on hold with almost every department head in different ministries and departments.
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A member of the CSS union said that there is no ex gratia provision for civil servants as in the armed forces; families can only get help on the basis of family pension, gratuity, insurance, etc. .
An official familiar with the details said that while the government struggles to speed up end-of-life benefits, it cannot offer much in terms of jobs for compassionate reasons. “According to a Supreme Court order, compassionate employment cannot exceed 5% of the total direct recruitment quota. These jobs are limited to group C. The vacancies that have occurred are at all levels and some are in managerial positions … It may not be possible to fill them for compassionate reasons, ”said the responsible.
AIBEA’s Venkatachalam said the federation wants banks to relax compassionate appointment rules and also ensure that vacancies are filled within a month. He also said that although the banks decided to donate ₹20 lakh as compensation for those who died in service, it is not uniformly implemented in private sector banks. He said the guidelines for bank workers do not extend to people in contract service, business correspondents, deposit collectors and those engaged in gold valuation. “It is also necessary to declare bank employees as front-line workers and to speed up their vaccination,” he added.
Last month, the finance ministry ordered all government departments to prioritize all claims for employees who died due to Covid while on duty.
The first official quoted above said that since 2016, there has been a specific instruction to the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) according to which “all death claims submitted by families or legal heirs of EPF members must be settled within seven days of the date of submission of complaints. In some cases this is not followed, sometimes it is due to inconsistencies in the claims.
The Union Ministry of Labor and Employment also announced on May 31 that members of the Employee Contingency Fund Organization can take a second non-refundable Covid-19 advance to meet any financial requirements during the pandemic. EPF subscribers can benefit from a non-refundable advance of base salary plus cost allowance for three months or after 75% of the amount in their account, whichever is less.