Rs 5 lakh insurance cover for cops in Naxal areas
THE GOVERNMENT will provide police personnel posted in remote Naxalite-affected areas with life insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh each. This benefit will be given to those from the rank of constable to senior police officials.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:11 IST
THE GOVERNMENT will provide police personnel posted in remote Naxalite-affected areas with life insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh each.
This benefit will be given to those from the rank of constable to senior police officials. The government will pay the premium.
The scheme will benefit 113 police inspectors, 713 constables and their family members in the district. Besides, circle officers and other senior police officials who take part in operations against Naxalites will also get life insurance cover of up to Rs 5 lakh.
This is part of the government’s efforts to minimise the concerns of those engaged in combating Naxals.
It is to be noted that several police personnel have lost several of their colleagues in the fight against Naxalites. They have also seen the helplessness and misery of the dependants of those who laid down their lives fighting the rebels.
Policemen were so terrified after the Naugarh blasts of November 2004, that many of them sought to be transferred out of the affected areas.
Some of them consider a posting in the affected areas as punishment.
To boost the morale of such personnel, the government has been paying special additional allowances.
It has now decided to give them life insurance cover. In view of this decision, family members of police personnel participating in combing operations against Naxals will get extra assistance of Rs 5 lakh, along with other government aid, in case of any casualty.
Though the scheme is meant for only those posted in the Naxalite-affected areas of the district, the insurance cover will be provided to all police personnel of the district as their places of posting change from time to time.
However, provisions for payment of life insurance will be applicable to only those police personnel who lose their lives while discharging their duties in the affected areas.