Compensation for transport workers who died due to covid: High court issued notice to government

Bangalore: 30 lakh each to the family members of the employees of the four road transport corporations of the state who died due to Covid infection. The High Court has issued a notice to the state government regarding the compensation.

A PIL filed by Taher Hussain and Aziz Pasha Jagirdar came up for hearing before a division bench headed by Acting CJ Alok Aradhe. After hearing the arguments of the petitioners, the bench issued notices to the respondents namely State Transport Department, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Bangalore Metropolitan Road Transport Corporation (BMTC), Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KKRTC) and North Western Road Transport Corporation and adjourned the hearing.

The Transport Department had issued a circular on February 10, 2021 that if hundreds of transport employees died due to Covid-19, they would be compensated Rs 30 lakh each to their families. According to the information obtained under the Right to Information Act, from March 2020 to June 2021, 351 employees of the state’s four transport corporations died due to Covid, and the compensation was distributed to the families of only 11 employees, while the rest were not compensated, the court pointed out.
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The information of the employees who have died due to Covid-19 from March 2020 to date in various departments of the four road transport corporations of the state should be provided. The circular issued by the Transport Department on February 10, 2021 should be implemented. 30 lakh each to the family members or dependents of the deceased employees immediately without any delay. Payment of compensation should be guaranteed. The petitioners have requested that the government and the transport corporations should be directed to release the necessary funds to distribute the compensation to the families of the transport employees.

Also, immediate compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the eligible dependents of the deceased employees. The petitioner has made an interim plea that the government and the transport corporations should be directed to pay. While 110 employees of BMTC have died till January 2022, only 4 employees’ families have received compensation. The petition stated that 97 employees of KSRTC have died, out of which compensation has been given to the families of 7 employees.