Mizoram, April 7:  The Mizoram cabinet today decided to pay an ex-gratia payment of Rs 20 lakh each to local volunteers if they die due to novel coronavirus, an official statement said.

The meeting of the council of ministers chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga approved a scheme for payment of ex-gratia to the relatives of a member of Village Level Task Force (VLTF) or Local Level Task Force (LLTF), who deals with Covid-19 vigilance and die due to the disease, the statement said.

The quantum of ex-gratia is fixed at Rs 20 lakh per individual, it said. So far, Mizoram has not reported any Covid-19 fatality with VLTF or LLTF volunteers, according to an official.

VLTFs are being set in rural villages and LLTFs at towns to deal with Covid19 duty. These voluntary task forces played important roles during the peak of the Covid-19 spread and became a great help to the state government in curtailing the spread of Covid-19.

Mizoram is known to be one of the best performing states in the country in curtailing the spread of Covid-19 due to the concerted efforts made by the state government, local volunteers, NGOs, and churches.

 


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Meanwhile, the meeting of the council of ministers also mentioned the need to be more cautious due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

The meeting also decided to amalgamate General Administration Department (GAD) and Secretariat Administration Department (SAD) for administrative convenience.

Among others, the meeting also approved the Sinlung Hills Council (Procedure and Conduct of Business) Rules, 2021, The Mizoram Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and UD&PA Regulation of Street Vending)(Amendment) Rules, 2021, The draft Mizoram Information Service Rules, 2021, The Draft Mizoram State Cooperative Service Rules, 2021, and The draft Mizoram Legal Service Rules, 2021 and the draft Mizoram Law and Judicial Department (Group ‘A’ post) Recruitment Rules, 202, the official statement added.