Hindustan Times (Lucknow)



Compensati­on process of medical staff who died during Covid duty should be expedited, said representa­tives of different employees’ associatio­ns while paying their tribute to them on Monday.

Citing the example of young pharmacist M Rai of Mau, Indian Pharmacist Associatio­n general secretary Sunil Yadav said after completing his pharmacy course way back in 2002, Rai at last got a job in 2020. However, he died soon after in the line of duty.

“His struggle for work was for over 28 years and the job lasted just 6 months. His case is also pending for compensati­on as stated by the government,” said Yadav, who is also former chairperso­n of UP pharmacy council. The compensati­on was being given under “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting Covid-19”, said Yadav.

“Files of at least 40 such cases are pending for approval. We request the state government to expedite their approval so that some relief may be given to the kin of those medical staff who died of Covid on duty. The good thing is that none of the files have been rejected and we hope the state will provide financial assistance soon,” he added.“Another case is of Om Yadav who lost his life and his wife too died leaving a son behind. Such cases need sympathy and support with immediate disposal of applicatio­ns,” said Yadav.

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