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IMA constitutes dedicated fund for doctors who died on COVID-19 duty

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Monday, November 2, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced the establishment of a fund ‘IMA Benevolent Fund’ exclusively dedicated to its member doctors who have died on COVID-19 duty.

The association has planned to raise money by donations from its members and the public, including the registered institutions.

The contribution from the IMA Benevolent Fund, the quantum of which would be decided by the national president of the Association, will be ratified by the central working committee and will be transferred to the account of the beneficiary.

The conditions include that the deceased should be below 70 years of age, has been a life member of IMA on the date of death, the cause of death should be due to COVID-19 disease, should have been in active practice while acquiring COVID-19, and should not be eligible for any grant or compensation from the central or state governments.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the members of IMA who are in the frontline of COVID care and control. As of today, 624 modern medicine doctors have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation for COVID care. Indian Medical Association hereby institutes a dedicated fund to financially help the families of IMA members who are COVID-19 martyrs,” Dr Rajan Sharma, national president, IMA stated.

The association stated, “The legal heir of the deceased member of IMA can apply for financial help. The legal heir can submit the application to the local branch secretary of IMA who will forward it through the State secretary of IMA to the secretary general of IMA. The local branch secretary or the state secretary or the honorary secretary general can initiate the process suo moto as well,” the IMA said.

“Flexibility criteria irrespective of membership and age in the case of a modern medicine doctor who has martyred in the service of the nation in COVID-19 will be taken up by the national president of IMA by an appeal from the family if there are genuine situations of need for help,” added Sharma.

The scrutiny of the applications and the sanction of the money will be done by a team of office bearers at IMA headquarters consisting of past president, president-elect, vice presidents as per jurisdiction, secretary-general and finance secretary.

The quantum of money to be paid will be decided by the national president in consultation with the above team of office bearers as per the availability of funds. The quantum will be determined as per the family situation including employment, income, children, assets, liabilities etc., the association stated.

“The money will be paid to the legal heir. In case of more than one legal heir, the money will be divided equally between them,” the IMA added.


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