Madhya Pradesh Govt. issues orders for Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Vishesh Anugrah Yojana

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had recently announced Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Vishesh Anugrah Yojana for all working, regular, permanent workers, daily wage earners, ad hoc, contractual, outsourced, other government servants / employees of the state regular, permanent workers, daily salaried, ad-hoc, contractual, outsourced, other government servants and servicemen working in the state. For implementation of the announcement made by Chief Minister Shri Chouhan, the Finance Department has prepared a draft and issued an order for the scheme. The objective of the Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Vishesh Anugrah Yojana is to provide immediate financial support to the family of such government servants, employees who die during their treatment of Covid-19 or after recovery due to illness within sixty days of being infected with Covid-19.

Eligible employees

All employees getting regular salary, honorarium, permanent workers, daily wage workers, ad-hoc / contract-appointed workers whose remuneration, etc., payable from the State’s Consolidated Fund will be eligible for the scheme. Employees working on outsourced services taken under the procedure laid down in the Madhya Pradesh Store Purchase and Acquisition Rules, 2015 with competent permission by the department, whose remuneration / honorarium etc. are payable from the State’s Consolidated Fund. Employees serving in commissions and such institutions established by law whose cent percent establishment expenditure is provided from the regular establishment item of the state or establishment grant is being provided for it. Anganwadi workers / assistants, ASHA workers, village Kotwars will also be included in this.

Eligibility conditions

There should be a valid report (RTPCR / RAT) of the medical laboratory regarding the deceased employee being Covid-19 positive. It is necessary to be employed in government / doing government work on the date of death. The deceased government servant / employed person should be employed full time. Part-time employed / working employees will not be eligible for the benefit of this scheme. At present, families who are eligible to receive financial assistance under the Chief Minister Covid-19 Yoddha Kalyan Yojana will not be eligible for the benefit of this scheme.

Financial assistance

Special ex-gratia amount will be paid up to a maximum of 5 lakh rupees under the scheme. Employees who are already being paid ex-gratia amount by their employer and any other benefit under death-cum-retirement benefit or any other rules, act and the total amount paid to these employees in these heads is less than Rs. 5 lakh, then the actual payment to be made will be calculated on the basis of the difference of Rs. 5 lakh and the payment made. 5 lakh rupees will be paid to the eligible claimants who are not eligible for the ex-gratia amount / gratuity amount. In the event of more than one person serving in the family being eligible under the scheme, a separate amount will be payable to each of them according to the calculation made on the death of each member.

Plan duration

The Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Vishesh Anugrah Yojana will be implemented from March 1, 2021 and will remain in force till June 30, 2021. If the person becomes Covid-19 positive during the Plan period but dies within 60 days of becoming Covid-19 positive after the end of the Plan period, then the eligible claimant will also be entitled to a special ex-gratia amount.

Competent authority for case approval

At the time of the death of a service worker working in the districts, the case will be sent to the Collector of the concerned district along with his opinion in the prescribed format by the head of the office of his place of appointment. Collectors of the respective districts will be authorized to issue competent approval under the scheme. In case of death of the head of the office, the department head of the concerned department will be the competent authority to approve the ex-gratia amount.

The General Administration Department / concerned departmental head will be the competent authority to approve ex-gratia amount in cases of service employees posted in the Mantralaya / offices of heads of departments. For the cases of employees working in the establishment of Raj Bhavan, Vidhan Sabha, High Court, Principal Secretary Raj Bhavan, Principal Secretary Assembly, Registrar General High Court will be the competent authority.

Drawing disbursing officer

At the time of the death of the concerned employee, the drawing disbursing officer of the same office from which his last salary / honorarium / remuneration has been withdrawn will withdraw the amount from the treasury on receipt of competent approval under the scheme. The amount will be withdrawn from the same budget head from which the last salary / honorarium / remuneration of the deceased serviceman has been paid. For servants providing services through outsource, the amount will be paid under the scheme in the account of the respective claimant in place of the agency providing their services.

Claim submission process

In the Mukhya Mantri Covid-19 Vishesh Anugrah Yojana, the claimant will have to fill the prescribed claim form as per the Appendix-1 along with the necessary documents and submit it to the office where the concerned government servant / employee was working before death. The concerned office will process the claim and will dispatch the claim to the competent authority within three working days of receiving the claim for issuing the competent approval as per Appendix-2. On receipt of competent approval, the drawing disbursing officer will prepare the bill and deposit the bill with the treasury to pay the ex-gratia amount. The amount will be released by the treasury to the account of the concerned claimant.

The last date for submission of claim for the ex-gratia amount will be 31 October 2021 or 3 months after the end of the plan period. In the unavoidable situation, if satisfied with the reasons for the delay, the competent authority may waive the delay for a maximum period of six months. In order of eligibility to submit a claim for the ex-gratia amount, the husband or wife (as the case may be) will be entitled first. In the event of their absence, the legal children (equal amount if more than one) and the mother / father will have the right to submit a claim if there is no legal child.

State Government Corporations / Divisions / Institutions / Authorities / Universities can conduct the scheme with the approval of their governing body for regular / permanent workers / ad hoc / contractual / outsource employees working in their establishment. The nomination of the competent authority will be made by the governing body for approval of the cases under the scheme.

Scheme can be implemented for regular / permanent workers / daily wage workers / ad hoc / contractual / outsourced service employees working in approved establishment of urban bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions by taking decision by their administrative department. In such cases, the competent authority will be the District Collector to give approval under the scheme.

In case of operation of the scheme under state government corporation / board / institutions / authority / universities and urban bodies and panchayati raj institutions, the ex-gratia amount will be paid under the scheme from their own fund. In case of the difficulty in financial arrangement for payment of ex-gratia amount sanctioned under the scheme to any of the above organizations is reflected, then the proposal for the demand for the amount along with the appropriate reason will be sent to the Finance Department through its administrative department. For the interpretation of the above provisions related to the payment of ex-gratia amount and for redressal of the difficulties, cases can be referred to the Finance Department.