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Relatives of deceased teachers deprived of compensations!

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Raju Vernekar

The relatives of over 50 deceased teachers and non-teaching staff members, who were working in the schools in Mumbai, are yet to get compensation under the deposit linked insurance scheme from the state government.

The next of  kin of the teachers and non-teaching employees, who die in harness, are supposed to receive a compensation of Rs 60,000 under the employees’ deposit linked insurance scheme. “Due to the resource crunch and lack of planning, the beneficiaries are yet to get the compensation,” said Anil Bornare, in charge of the Mumbai division of the 'Shikshak Parishad' adding that there are 22 families in North Mumbai region alone and taking into consideration pending matters in other regions, the number of the families deprived of this compensation is much more.

Bornare said, “The officers of the education department are supposed to follow up the matter with the finance department. But it is not followed up and eventually, no one bothers about the plight of the families of the deceased teachers and non-teaching staff members. As such I have written to the State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Education Director urging them to look into the matter immediately.”

Under this scheme, apart from contributing to provident fund and pension fund, the employer is also required to contribute towards Employee Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme. The rate of contribution is 0.5% of the wages and the employees are not required to contribute anything towards this scheme. In case of death of a member, his/her nominee will get a maximum of Rs 60,000 under this scheme. On the death of the subscriber, while in service, the nominee/eligible person to receive PF, is entitled to additional amount equal to the average balance in the GPF account preceding 36 months from the month of death. The maximum amount payable under the scheme is Rs 60,000.

This insurance exactly works like term insurance. Hence, after employee's death, his/her nominee can claim the amount. In case there is no nomination, then the legal heir can claim the amount and if the nominee or legal heir is minor, then a guardian of minor nominee can claim the amount.

The officers of the education department are supposed to follow up the matter with the finance department. But it is not followed up and eventually, no one bothers about the plight of the families of the deceased teachers and non-teaching staff members. As such I have written to the State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Education Director urging them to look into the matter immediately.

Anil Bornare, in charge of the Mumbai division of the ‘Shikshak Parishad’

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