The teachers’ association president Dinesh Chandra Sharma claimed that 1621 government school staff succumbed to Covid-19 contracted while on duty during the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections and the subsequent counting of votes
UPPSS (Uttar Pradeshiya Prathamik Shikshak Sangh) has demanded compensation of ₹1 crore. The elections were held on April 15, 19, 26 and 29 and counting started from 2 of May.
Government had asked all the 75 district magistrates to submit reports of teachers engaged in election duty and died during election duty. We will be able to tabulate all the data by the end of the day (Monday). The matter is already in the court as teachers’ association has given their representation,” said Additional chief secretary (panchayati raj) Manoj Kumar Singh.
Additionally, the state’s literal application of its compensation policy may mean that the families of even those who did contract Covid-19 during election duty and died, may not be eligible for compensation.