Insurance of Rs 50L to cover RTO staff, drivers, helpers of requisitioned vehicles

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today announced that RTO officials, driver/helper of vehicles requisitioned by the government in connection with COVID-19 are entitled to insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh.

The Transport Commissioner-Cum-Chairman, State Transport  Authority (STA), in a letter to all Regional Transport Officers, ARTOs, Khurda/Barbil, and Rairangpur and all deputy Commissioners Transport, has directed to comply with the order immediately.

The letter said as per the letter No.2277/R & DM. dt.22.04.2020 of Chief Secretary, Odisha, the Govt of India has allowed insurance cover for private hospital staff/ retired / volunteer/local Urban Bodies/Contract/daily wage/ adhoc/ outsource staff requisitioned by state who have been drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities.

The Government of Odisha has decided to pay Rs50 lakh to the spouse / next of kin of any person drafted by the Government or its agencies to perform COVID related duties and incase such persons succumb to the disease after contacting coronavirus in his / her active line of duty.

The order directed the officials to maintain records of the staff including personnel deployed through outsourcing in connection with COVID-19 work at different border check posts, requisitioning of vehicles, and railway stations for receiving the stranded persons coming from other states to Odisha.

The insurance coverage will be ensured for the drivers, helpers of the vehicles requisitioned for the transportation of returnees in connection with COVID-19.

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