Bhubaneswar: The State Government has announced financial assistance for the kin of teachers who died while on Covid-19 duty. School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said this on Wednesday. He said the assistance would be given at the rate of the last pay drawn, along with dearness allowance as admissible from time to time, till the date of superannuation of the teacher, if he had remained alive.
He said 13 teachers have so far died of the coronavirus in Ganjam district alone. Over 62,000 teachers have been engaged at temporary medical camps (TMCs), Covid Care Centres (CCCs) and Covid Care Homes (CCMs), he said.
Dash also informed that officials of his department had on Tuesday visited the houses of the teachers who died and declared them as Covid warriors. The assistance would be paid to family members of 12 teachers soon, he said.
However, no decision has been taken yet regarding payment of the assistance to the 13th deceased teacher, identified as Simanchal Satpathy, as he was a bachelor and his parents allegedly committed suicide after coming to know of his death. The Government is considering providing assistance to his family members, he said.