03 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: After the death of contractual worker Mithun Nath in NALCO's (National Aluminium Company) Angul unit fire mishap, the PSU has extended all possible help and assistance to his family members.
Expressing immense grief on Nath's demise, CMD NALCO Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand has extended Rs 15 lakh of lumpsum compensation to the family members. Along with that, Employees Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) of Rs 2.5 lakh and immediate funeral expenses of Rs 15,000 will also be provided.
A monthly dependent benefit for Nath's wife under Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme of Rs 16,956 and monthly pension of Rs 2,400 under Employees’ Pension Scheme (including pension for child) has also been extended to the bereaved.
Apart from the above, the company is also committed to facilitate employment of his spouse Ambika Nath in one of the Contractual establishments of NALCO at Angul.
"NALCO has amicably settled the demands raised by the family members and villagers of Nath through sustained negotiation," stated a press release. Subsequently, operations in NALCO's Smelter and Power Plants were normalized on Friday night by 10.30 PM.
It is notable to mention here that a fire broke out in the plant on July 23 due to flashover in high-voltage panel board of Smelter Casthouse-B. Four persons, including a woman, suffered critical burn injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack. Later, Nath had been shifted to a hospital in New Delhi by an air ambulance after his condition deteriorated.
In spite of best efforts by specialist doctors at Delhi, he could not be saved and breathed his last on 1st August. Thereafter, his body was shifted by air and brought to Angul. During the whole process , NALCO bore all the expenses towards medical treatment of Nath, including travel of the patient and his relatives, as well as all the incidental expenses.