DIMAPUR, AUGUST 28: The Government of Nagaland has released an ex-gratia relief of Rs 10 lakhs in respect of late K Changkie Konyak, a frontline worker, who passed away on August 9 last.
Late Changkie, a Home Guard personnel, was on COVID-19 duty when he was infected by Coronavirus. However, he did not die of COVID-19, said DC Mon, K Thavasaleen (IAS).
Talking to Nagaland Page, the Deputy Commissioner informed that in the line of frontline duty, late Changkie was infected and his samples were taken on July 20, which returned COVID-19 positive on July 26. Thereafter, he was quarantined and after 7 days his samples were taken again on July 31, which tested negative.
The DC said the Home Guard personnel passed away on August 9. After his death, his samples were again sent for testing and had returned negative.
When asked about the cause of his death, the DC said Konyak did not die of COVID but died of other causes.
However while releasing the ex-gratia in respect of late K Changkie Konyak, Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Lhouchalie Viya said Rs 10 lakhs has been credited to the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Mon account as ex-gratia payment in respect of late K Changkei Konyak “who suffered fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties as per norms of assistance Vide NotificationNo.RR-COVID-19/01/2020-21 dated 20th April 2020 and No. RR-COVID19/01/2020-21 dated 21st May 2020.”
The April 20 notification informed that any Nagaland State Government employee, including any personnel of Nagaland Police and Urban Local Bodies in the State, who suffers fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties, will be paid an ex-gratia amount of Rs 10 lakhs by the State Government.
The May 21 notification issued by the Home Department, Relief & Rehabilitation Branch said “the provision of payment of ex-gratia amount of Rs 10 lakhs by the State Government to any employee of the Nagaland State Government suffering fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties is extended to cover drivers, cleaners, sanitary workers, caterers, and all such personnel/workers involved in the management of the quarantine centres in the State, as well as to any other non-Government functionary involved in any other activities for combating COVID-19 under the District Task Force.”
The two Government notifications did not mention payment of ex-gratia to non-COVID deaths or death of recovered COVID-19 cases.
(Page News Service)