Revised DIH scheme snubs suicide, alcoholic

The state government has revised the die-in-harness (DIH) scheme recently and the same would not be covering death caused by suicide or excessive drinking or natural death.

As per an order issued on December 7, the revised scheme shall be applicable to unemployed dependent family member of the deceased government servant in the order of entitlement as legal spouse, elder child (unmarried son/daughter or married son of the deceased employee if living in the same household) and brother/ sister in case of unmarried government servant.

Claimants other than the legal spouse will need to submit No Objection Certificate (NOC) in the form of an affidavit. Adopted son or daughter are not eligible for the scheme. The scheme shall be applicable only to the dependent of deceased government servant who was appointed on regular basis/post and not under die-in-harness scheme.

No employee, who work on daily wages, casual, apprentice, ad-hoc, contract, work-charged, muster roll, extension, re-employed basis and employees, who retire on medical ground will not be covered by the scheme. It will not cover missing/absconding government servants also. In order to claim the benefit of the scheme, the employee should have put in at least five years of regular service.

Family of the deceased employee in receipt of pension under the Manipur Services (Special Pension) Rules, 1983 or the Manipur Services (Liberalised Pension) Rules, 2000 is not eligible for benefit under the scheme.

Preference shall be given to dependents of those government servants who died while performing official duties like election/census (survey) research/official tour/field inspection or who died in insurgency related violence while performing official duties. These cases shall be categorised as ‘Preference-I’. However, the proposal shall be subjected to authentication with police report of the incident, death certificate and other supporting documents on eligibility including unemployment certificate issued by DC/SDO concerned.

After completing pending cases under Preference-I category, the next preference will be given to dependents of those government servants, who died not on duty but due to accidents or unnatural death (excluding excessive drinking and suicide cases) leaving his/her family in a state of financial destitution, penury, and without any means of livelihood, subject to availability of vacancy reserved for this scheme. These cases shall be categorised as ‘Preference-II’.

Category of posts under DIH scheme shall be considered against Group ‘C' or Group 'D' posts against the direct recruitment quota. In case of Group C post, the appointment under the scheme shall be considered only at the lowest level. Age of the applicant/claimant should not be under-aged or over-aged as per the recruitment rules existing at the time of the death of government servant.

There shall be one central portal for the scheme and it will be administered by the department of personnel in consultation with the department of information technology/NIC. The status of applications, seniority and vacancy under the scheme for all departments of the government of Manipur will be centralised. A departmental screening committee constituted for this purpose under every department headed by administrative secretary shall monitor quarterly and take further action in consultation with the department of personnel.

The detailed credentials of the applicants will be linked with EPIC and Aadhaar so that only the genuine cases are considered. Appointment under the scheme shall be made only up to a maximum of 10 per cent of vacancies falling under direct recruitment quota in any Group ‘C' or ‘D' post during a recruitment year subject to relevant instructions issued by the government from time to time.

Application in complete form shall be submitted within six months from the date of death of the government servant to the government (either at the branch/district level or at the directorate level) failing which he/she may be treated as uninterested in getting appointment and thus the case may be rejected. If the application is submitted to the district level office, the same shall be forwarded to the directorate within one month of submission and the directorate shall upload the same on the central portal without undue delay.

Seniority of the eligible applicants shall be fixed in the chronological order of the date of death of the government servant subject to the condition that the application is submitted by the claimant within the time line.

Appointment under the scheme shall be made strictly according to seniority position against the vacancies reserved for DIH appointment.

The department has to upload the applications under Preference-l and Preference-ll categories based on the date of death of the government servant so that no eligible claimant is superseded. The central portal will maintain a central registry of all the applications of all departments under the state government so that the grievances are redressed in order of the occurrence of death under the category Preference-I and Preference -ll separately. Separate seniority lists for Preference-l and Preference-ll based on date of death shall be generated by the central portal.

A committee headed by chief secretary comprising administrative secretary (DP) and administrative secretary concerned shall finalise interdepartmental seniority of the applicants every quarter so that if the vacancy is not there in a particular department, the same could be transferred to other department having vacancy so as to accommodate eligible applicant as per seniority.

All departments shall furnish the vacancy statement of the respective department which shall be uploaded in the central portal and updated by the department concerned on the 1st working day of every month. The statement will indicate total sanctioned post, total vacancy, direct recruitment vacancy, post filled under DlH Scheme (in existing strength of staff) and post vacant under the scheme for Group C and D.

Claimants should not be less than 15 years of age at the time of death of the government servant. This provision shall be applicable to both first and second claimant in case of change of claimant in case of death or marriage (in case of female candidates) in respect of the first claimant. Only one change of claimant shall be allowed in case of death or marriage. The claimant should possess the requisite educational qualification for the post applied for as per the recruitment rules existing at the time of death of the government servant.

A person appointed under the scheme shall be adjusted in the reservation roster against the appropriate category – ST/SC/OBC/Unreserved depending upon the category to which he/she belongs.

The revised DlH scheme shall come into force with immediate effect from the date of notification in the Manipur Gazette.

All pending applications under the Die-in-Harness Scheme received before the effective date of the revised scheme shall be governed by the earlier guidelines/office memorandums issued by the department of personnel from time to time subject to seniority of all pending applications and the existing approved quota of 10 per cent of available direct recruitment vacancies.

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