Delhi Police cut aid for Covid-19 positive personnel from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10,000
Delhi Police personnel who get infected with the coronavirus while on duty will now get Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 1 lakh announced earlier as the number of infections have increased rapidly in the force.Updated: May 22, 2020 09:47 IST
The Delhi Police has decided to cut the amount being given to its Covid-19 positive personnel by 90 per cent.
Those personnel who get infected with the coronavirus while on duty will now get Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 1 lakh announced earlier as the number of infections have increased rapidly in the force, officials said on Thursday, reports news agency PTI.
“A meeting was held recently and it was decided that the sanction amount should be reduced. A lot of policemen are getting infected with the virus and the amount has to be distributed equally in such cases. So a decision was taken to reduce the amount from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10,000,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by PTI.
The force has also decided to increase the amount given to the kin of its personnel who dies of Covid-19 from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Delhi Police has reported one death from the disease so far – a 31-year-old constable posted at Bharat Nagar police station in north-west Delhi who died on May 5.
It issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) last week for daily health monitoring of personnel to ensure timely prevention and protection from the virus following the death of the constable.
According to the SOP, any police personnel feeling unwell, suffering from cough, sore throat, fever, breathlessness or any other symptoms “must immediately report” the same to the duty officer (DO) of the police station or unit where they are posted “by any means of communication”.
They said over 250 police personnel have been infected with the virus, as per the PTI report.
(With inputs from PTI)