Dy CM Ajit Pawar declares Rs 50 lakh insurance for security guards at government agencies

Updated: 31 July, 2020 07:25 IST | Shirish Vaktania | Mumbai

In Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, so far 15 security guards have died and more than 12 are currently being treated for COVID-19.

Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar

The state's deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar declared a Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for security guards and labourers working for government agencies on Thursday. The employees have been made essential workers due to which they will also be eligible for E-passes to travel on the trains.

In Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, so far 15 security guards have died and more than 12 are currently being treated for COVID-19. Mid-day had reported on June 5 how security guards deployed at government agencies were affected by the pandemic.

Dinesh Patole, a member of the Security Guards Board, said, "While the deputy CM has made the announcement, an official GR has not been released by the government. We also want the families of the security guards who died to get relief but nothing has been said regarding that. Though insurance for employees is good news."

Abhilash Dawre, who runs Siddharth Bahuudesshiya Samajik Sanstha, said, "We had written to the chief minister two months ago. I am happy that the government listened to us. We have also requested compensation for the families of those who died."

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First Published: 31 July, 2020 07:02 IST

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