The Indian Railways has lost 2,903 employees due to COVID-19, minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed Parliament on Friday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, he said settlement of dues has been made to the families of deceased employees in 2,782 cases.
"Indian Railways has a policy for giving appointment on compassionate ground to dependents of Railway servants who lose their lives in the course of duty or die in harness or are medically incapacitated."
"Dependents of family members of Railway employees who lost their lives to COVID-19 are covered under the scheme of compassionate ground appointment," Vaishnaw said.
He said that a compassionate appointment has been provided in 1,732 cases. He also gave a tally of the employees who have been vaccinated - 8,63,868 with the first dose and 2,34,184 with both doses.
Efforts are being made to vaccinate all Railway employees as services are resuming slowly.