News Life and Health12 Jul 2019

Sri Lanka:Terror victims wait for pending insurance pay-outs

Following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka in April which killed at least 290 people and left more than 500 injured, insurance claimants affected by the attacks are still waiting for pay-outs. According to a report from Times Online, the Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) alleged that students affected by the attacks are yet to receive their pay-outs from the 'Surakasha Students Insurance Scheme'.

The scheme is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Sri Lanka and implemented via an agreement between the ministry and Allianz Insurance. Under the scheme, students who have been hospitalised in either private/public hospitals or have fallen victim to an accident will be entitled to receiving insurance claims of up to LKR200,000 ($1139.61).

In a press release from CTU, its general secretary Mr Stalin said the attacks killed 30 students while 24 have either lost one or both their parents. He also said that students, who suffer from disabilities due to the attacks, have not received their pay-outs which range up to LKR200,000.

According to the MOE Sri Lanka, compensation of LKR200,000 and LKR150,000 would be provided for the death of a parent and student respectively.

As the agreement signed between Allianz Insurance and the MOE is due to expire on 30 November this year, Mr Stalin said that the ministry should take swift measures to pay out the required compensation since the process has already been delayed for over two months.

However, efforts to obtain the relevant payments by contacting the regional education offices and the western province’s department of education have proved to be ineffective.

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