Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
Date – 08.01.2021
All Chief Postmasters General
Subject :- Provision of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)to cover death due to Covid-19 while discharging official duties: Not agreeing to the proposal by DoE, MoF regarding.
I am directed to refer this office letter No.100-04/2020-Pen. dated 17.04.2020 wherein approval for extension of payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) to cover death due to Covid-19 while discharging official duties was conveyed.
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2. In this context, this is to inform that a proposal for grant of Rs 10 Lakh compensation to dependents of GDS/departmental employees who have succumbed to Covid-19 was submitted to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, but DoE, MOF has not agreed to it
3. Therefore, you are requested to finalise the compassionate engagement cases of dependents of Gramin Dak Sevaks who have succumbed to Covid-19 priority basis by following the existing guidelines issued vide order No. 17-1.2017-GDS dated 30.05.2017. Further all the service discharge benefits may be paid to their wards/next of kin as per the extant rule on priority basis. A compliance report may be submitted to this Directorate as early as possible.
(Dr. Vincent Baria)