Indian Oil announces insurance coverage for frontline personnel
TANGLA: In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Indian Oil has come up with insurance coverage for frontline Indian Oil personnel like LPG showroom staff, godown keepers, LPG mechanics and LPG delivery boys, retail outlet customer attendants, truck drivers, including bulk/pack transporters, who are in the forefront of this fight, risking their lives to ensure delivery of fuel to customers.
In a statement issued by District Nodal Officer, Udalguri, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Kuldip Sarma, it was stated that as a goodwill gesture and in recognition of the services rendered in these difficult times, an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5,00,000 had been announced in case of death of any above mentioned personnel due to COVID-19. The amount will be paid to the spouse of such personnel. In case the spouse is not there, then payment is to be made to next of kin of the deceased.
The statement further reiterated that Indian Oil would also cover all these frontline fighters with a comprehensive medical insurance policy of up to Rs 1 lakh for a year which will also include any COVID-19 related ailments.
“Over three lakh people (3,23,000) who are a part of the extended Indian Oil family will be covered under this scheme, which will also include the families of the insured personnel, limited to spouse and two dependent children up to the age of 25. The Corporation will bear a cost of Rs. 22.68 crore towards procuring these medical insurance policies,” the statement stated. All Indian Oil establishments, especially oil terminals and LPG bottling plants are well stocked up and operating in full capacity, added the press statement. However, the people involved in essential services in Udalguri district are facing inconvenience to refuel their vehicles as the petrol pumps have refused to provide fuel citing verbal instructions from local police.
“I was refused petrol at a Indian Oil depot in Tangla town of Udalguri district and later had to get it from the black market,” said a journalist of a vernacular daily.
Dhaneswar Boro of Tangla town in Udalguri district who owns a building housing a government bank also faced issues in getting diesel for running generators. “I was refused diesel at an oil depot, though it was meant for running the bank, and later had to seek permission from the magistrate,” said Boro.
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