Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) has passed an order asking all electricity supply companies (ESCOMS) of the State to revise the compensation amount for electrical accidents. While revising the conditions adopted for giving compensation, it has also asked to videograph the distribution of compensation cheque compulsorily.
As per the new order which was issued following the directions of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), the compensation has been increased from `1 lakh to `2 lakh for fatal accidents for people aged 69 years old and above, plus `3,000 for reduction of every year in age and duly deducting the spot payment already made and `2 lakh for 69 years old and above, plus `3,000 for reduction of every year in age multiplied by percentage of loss of earning capacity. If an animal dies, a compensation of `5,000 for cow/oxen/buffalo (per animal) and `1,000 for sheep/goat (per animal) will be given.
At the same time, it has imposed certain conditions in respect of electrical accidents.
The important one is that all payments, after deducting the on-spot payments and other payments, made earlier if any, shall be made through cheques only.
The other conditions include: The cause of the accident should be certified by the electrical inspectorate authority; medical certificate must be issued by a medical officer not below the rank of district surgeon with regard to percentage of disablement and the loss of crop/property/household equipment, etc., should be assessed by the necessary authority. The jurisdictional chief engineer or superintending engineer shall approve the payment.