Haryana to provide insurance of Rs 10 lakh to journalists, govt employees

Chandigarh: In a major initiative, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced to provide an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh each for journalists and those government employees who are working in containment zones during the pandemic.

Addressing the people virtually, he appreciated the media for reporting in this hour of crisis.

He said all media persons, whether accredited or recognised, would be given the benefit of the life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh against COVID-19 till June 30.

Khattar said all government employees working in containment zones, including ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, police personnel and sanitation workers, will also be provided a life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh till June 30.

For the common man, he announced deferment in payment of all outstanding dues as on March 15 and thereafter towards all government departments, boards, corporations and authorities till May 15.

Also 50 per cent waiver of interest on all such dues and waiver of rent on buildings and shops belonging to government, Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies for this period and 25 per cent waiver of fixed charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers.

The Chief Minister clarified the benefit of life cover of Rs 50 lakh against COVID-19 announced by the government of India will be given to all doctors, nurses and group C and D employees posted in COVID isolation wards, COVID intensive care units and COVID operation theatres across the state.

He said all registered farmers, ‘arhtiyas’, labourers and employees, whether regular, part-time or contractual of all procurement agencies engaged in the procurement process, would also get the benefit of insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh till June 30.

All startups working in the Startup Incubator Centre being run by the Information Technology Department would not be charged rent from March 15 to May 15, he said.

Similarly, commercial vehicles such as auto, motor cab, maxi cab, bus, and truck will be given proportionate waiver of motor vehicle tax for the period from March 15 to May 15.