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Equal insurance benefits for differently-abled

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology would take a decision shortly with regard to the extra premium paid by the disabled employees

New Delhi: The Central Government Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that equal benefits for postal life insurance will be provided to the differently-abled government employees with a maximum limit of Rs 5,00,000.

Counsel for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology informed the court that a decision has already been taken by the Department of Posts to give equal treatment to the differently-abled government employees.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw was hearing a public interest litigation filed by visually impaired Vikas Gupta, a professor, seeking parity with the general employees in terms of benefits.

Gupta alleged discrimination by the government with the disabled employees in terms of conferred benefits. His counsel Pankaj Sinha said the disabled employees were asked to pay extra premium in terms of the policy.

He submitted that according to the insurance policy, employees can avail a maximum of Rs five lakh and minimum of Rs10,000 sum insured, whereas the differently-abled employees were getting merely Rs one lakh.

The government's counsel said the department would take a decision shortly with regard to the extra premium paid by the disabled employees.

The court then fixed the case for further hearing January 20 and directed the government to file a detailed affidavit.

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