Govt ap­proves in­sur­ance for CNG taxi, auto driv­ers

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR -

AF­TER Mum­bai, the govern­ment has ap­proved a group in­sur­ance scheme for driv­ers of CNG taxis and auto rick­shaws in the national cap­i­tal and ad­join­ing towns.

The scheme ap­proved by Oil Min­is­ter M Veerappa Moily will cover all driv­ers against death or per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity aris­ing out of ac­ci­dents caused while driv­ing taxis and auto rick­shaws that run on com­pressed nat­u­ral gas.

Drawn on the lines of the 'Ma­ha­sur­ak­sha Yo­jana' launched for taxi and auto driv­ers in Mum­bai in May 2006, In­draprastha Gas Ltd will steer the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme in Delhi and NCR towns of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghazi­abad, of­fi­cial sources said.

The IGL Su­rak­sha Yo­jana will pro­vide in­sur­ance cover to about 3 lakh driv­ers of CNGrun pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in Delhi, Ghazi­abad, Noida and Greater Noida.

A sum of Rs 1.5 lakh will be paid to the nom­i­nee of the driver in case of death. An ad­di­tional amount of Rs 25,000 per child will be paid to­wards ed­u­ca­tion al­lowance, sub­ject to a max­i­mum of Rs 50,000.

In case of an ac­ci­dent re­quir­ing treat­ment for in­jury or frac­ture, a max­i­mum of Rs 10,000 would be payable, they said, adding a lump sum equal to 100 per cent of the amount will be payable to the in­sured per­son in case of per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity lead­ing to loss of em­ploy­ment.

In case of par­tial dis­abil­ity, graded com­pen­sa­tion of Rs. 1,500 to Rs 75,000 would be given.

The pre-con­di­tion for avail­ing of the scheme is that the driv­ers of pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cle must have valid li­censes.

The so­cial ini­tia­tive is ex­pected to ben­e­fit nearly 3 lakh driv­ers of CNGrun taxi and auto rick­shaws within IGL's area of op­er­a­tions in Delhi, Noida, Ghazi­abad and Greater Noida.

The pol­icy will also cover driv­ers who con­vert their ve­hi­cles to CNG in the fu­ture. Cur­rently, al­most all taxis and auto rick­shaws in Delhi have been con­verted to CNG.

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