Srinagar: The Power Development Department (PDD) was Tuesday asked to submit a proposal to the State Advisory Committee for enhancement of compensation in electrocution cases.
A meeting headed Finance and PDD officials chaired by Principal Secretary, Finance Navin Kumar Choudhary concluded that the existing compensation amount Rs. 3 lakh in such cases fixed by the PDC was ad hoc and inadequate.
An official statement issued here said that on the directions of Governor N N Vohra, a meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary Navin Choudhary to discuss the compensation issues in case of accidental death due to electrocution while repairing the electric lines. Mostly the casual labourers of the Power Development Department have lost their lives in the process. Commissioner, Power Development Department, HK Singh and senior officers of the Finance and Power Development Department participated in the meeting .
It was informed that on an average 15–20 persons loses their lives while dealing with the live electric lines at the time of repairs or other works. Most of them are casual labourers and their families are not covered under SRO–43 benefits. Some time back, Management Committee of the PDC had decided to fix a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh in such cases.
It was felt that the present compensation policy is adhoc as well as inadequate. Accordingly, it was decided that the Power Development Department with the prior concurrence of the Finance Department will submit a proposal to the SAC for enhancement of compensation in such cases.
The Committee also decided that the cases of permanent disability as a result of electrocution also deserves suitable compensation which as a matter of principle should be half of the amount as in the case of death to be decided by the SAC.
In order to create a fund from where such compensation could be paid will be created with sizeable seed money to be provided by the Finance Department. Further, PDD may levy suitable surcharge to be deposited in the fund on the power bills above the certain threshold.
Commissioner, PDD informed that he will accordingly bring a draft cabinet note within a period of week’s time for consideration of the SAC.