Waking up after the death of two firemen in the blaze at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Sector 17, on June 8, the municipal corporation has approved group insurance for fire and emergency services wing personnel and announced compensation of Rs 20 lakh for those who died on duty fighting the fire that day.
The House approved an insurance cover of Rs 20 lakh in case of a death, the cover will be Rs 10 lakh in case of a disability (75100%); Rs 7.5 lakh (50-75%) and Rs 5 lakh (50-20%). This had been a long-pending demand of the employees and several protests have been held in this regard. More than 300 employees will benefit. It has been decided that tenders will be invited to execute the group insurance proposal.
On the issue of compensation, the MC will write to the administration as it does not have any such provision. The House also recommended the appointment of the kin of late Ravinder Kumar Sharma to the UT administration. Kumar was the one leading the fire-fighting team on June 8. The demand of compensation and jobs to the next of kin of firemen dying on duty was raised six years ago.
A delegation of firemen had met home secretary Anil Kumar and demanded a fair deal. Former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said it had been a long-pending demand of firefighters and the agenda had been approved four years ago.