Following a strident demand, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has upped the ex gratia payment for fatal electrical accidents from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Conditions apply, though.
The enhanced ex gratia payment will be payable only in cases where the death was caused by defects or faults in the KSEB electrical installations or lack of maintenance. In the case of non-fatal accidents, a maximum ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be paid proportionate to the percentage of disability sustained by the victim, the KSEB said. Fatal or non-fatal accidents caused due to negligence or ignorance on the part of the public will not be eligible for the increased amount, a KSEB order dated January 13 read. The enhanced ex gratia will come into force with retrospective effect from June 1, 2014. Legal heirs will be eligible for the enhanced sum if the death has been caused by any of the following: snapped conductor or service wire, sagging power lines, breakage of poles, shock from a transformer which doesn't have adequate protection such as a fencing and electricity leakage from earth wire, guy wire or stay wire.