THE STAFF of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) have joined hands to create a fund for immediate relief of Rs 5 lakh for the family of colleagues, who died on duty. On October 9, PMPML driver Vijay Navghane had died in an accident on Tilak Road on October 9.
His colleagues then had decided to contribute Rs 50 each to help his kin. Navghane was inside a PMPML van when a tree fell on top of it during a storm and he was crushed to death.
Now, several staff members of the transport body have expressed their desire to continue to help families in crisis.
According to the proposal of PMPML employees, the ‘Shraddhanjali’ (homage) fund will be created by deducting Rs 50 from each employee’s salary of the particular month.
A special account will be created for the purpose and the proposal has got a primary nod from PMPML officials as the utility will not have any financial burden.
The proposal also mentioned that the amount — Rs 30,000 from the death fund — that was offered by PMPML was nothing compared to expenses the family incurred for a few months.
The procedure to get pension, gratuity, provident fund or other dues and compensation took time as well as the job offered on compassionate grounds to children or spouse.
“The amount of Rs 50 is not that huge. We pay homage to the employee by visiting the house and spend much more on travel. Instead of going to the residence, if we pay this amount as a fund then this will be true homage to our departed colleague,” said Sunil Nalawade, general secretary of Rashtrawadi Maharashtra General Kamgar Union.