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FM grants Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to families of Central Excise Inspectors killed in Mumbai blasts but more needs to be done

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, JULY 19, 2006 : IN a late evening development, the Ministry of Finance has announced the ex gratia payment of Rs five lakh to each of the family of the two Central Excise Inspectors who, in a sudden and rude twist of fate, lost their lives in the Mumbai train blasts. Shasi Shekhar and Sanjay Samant, both young and dynamic officers of the Thane II Central Excise Commissionerate, were caught in the bomb-triggered explosion of the local train while coming back home.

The MoF has also announced some relief for the injured officers. All medical expenses incurred for their treatment will be borne by the CBEC. Two Superintendents who suffered permanent disability have been given ex-gratia payments of Rs 1 lakh each. The remaining injured have been given Rs. 25,000 each.

Credit indeed goes to the Finance Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, and the CBEC Chairman, Mr V P Singh, for cutting down red tape and taking quick decision to provide quick succour to the families. Doubtless, no worldly things can fill the void caused by the diabolic act of terror to both the families but it would certainly provide them some temporary cushion.

Going by the fact that both the Inspectors are survived by young wives and their children, TIOL would rather like to appeal to the Finance Minister that more than the money they need a permanent support system to raise their children and live a life of dignity. And it can be achieved only if the CBEC offers them a job in the department as per their education. Otherwise, it has been seen in the past that the victims' families, which get handsome ex gratia, sometimes fall victims to greedy relatives as well. To avoid such a situation, the Finance Minister and the CBEC entire Board may prove that they have a large heart and, it does sink whenever somebody from their large Revenue family suffers untimely demise. It would indeed set an exemplary tradition for the Revenue Services to exhibit rare feeling of solidarity with the hapless families.

In fact, one may not be asking for too much if both the Revenue Boards are reminded of their generosity displayed during the tsunami, and they may consider giving 1/10th of one day salary of each of the person working in the Department. This hapless incident has taken place within the family for the Revenue Services and, it is generally said that an incident in vicinity does affect more than the one happening at a distant place. Let's hope a new example is set by the Revenue Boards at least for the posterity which is likely to witness much more skirmishes near home!


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Sub: A timely gesture

Better late than never. The kindly and timely gesture made by the Finance Minister and the Board is laudable.
At least this indicates that the Department has a heart and it is ready to loosen its purse strings in this hour of grief. The best thing would be that the ex-gratia cheque is handed in person by an emissary to the bereaved family rather than asking the family to trudge the steps of the department.
Highlighting the plight of the officer's family and recommending compensation to the bereaved families coupled with the piece "Paper chase" in TIOL were obviously instrumental in the Board making this gesture.
It also proves that the Board is certainly is not insensitive. Let the Officers Associations follow suit and prove that they are also interested in the welfare of their brethren .

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Sub: Create a permanent corpus

Thanks to TIOL for its sustained support in favour of Blasts victims and the FM and Chairman of CBEC have announced the exgratia of Rs.5 Lakhs for the victim. For now this amount amy help out the urgent needs of the families of those died. However it is desirable that a permanent corpus fund of say Rs.One Crore should be created so that when ever such blasts or any other conditions beyond control, including premature Heart Attack, the family of the decesed should be sanctioned an lumpsum without any formalities. The Chief Commissioner can sanction the amount immediately and the same can be debited in the National Corpus Fund. Similarly education and other employment oppurtutnities can be also formulated in a realistic ways. The present procedure for compassionate appointments needs to be revised. Apart from these measures the working conditions of all offices are to be reviewed and work places modified to give a decent look and for better stay in case night duties. CBEC can depute a team to survey the working conditions of various offices, particularly in ports and do the needful. A Hmane touch is long felt need.
By,
M.RAM KUMAR,
MANGALORE CUSTOM HOUSE

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