The DMK government has decided to increase the family welfare fund provided to the families of government employees who have died in the line of duty. On Thursday, it issued orders to increase the family welfare fund from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
The order said that the scheme, which was applicable only to government employees, would now be extended to employees working in local bodies, teachers working in government-subsidized schools and non-teaching staff.
The scheme, which has been increased to Rs 5 lakh, came into effect from Wednesday. The G.O. was released by the state finance ministry. From January 1, 1974, a scheme was introduced to distribute pensions on behalf of the government to the bereaved families of government employees.
Initially, a premium of Rs.10 per month was levied on government employees. Thereafter, in February 2006, the pension of government employees was increased to Rs 1.5 lakh. Ten years later, the government increased the fund to Rs 3 lakh due to various concerns raised by government employees’ unions. For this, a premium of Rs 60 is being charged every month from government employees.
The family welfare fund currently available to the heirs of government employees who have died on duty will be increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and a premium of Rs 110 per month will be charged. All the job unions in the state were elated over the government’s decision.