All adults in Ernakulem district to be bank account holders by September

Nearly 20% adults in Ernakulem district are without bank accounts and banks have started ward-wise campaign to get accounts opened by all those excluded

Kochi: The process of enlisting all adults in Ernakulam district as bank account holders is expected to be completed by this September end, a top bank official has said, reports PTI.

Banks in the district are moving ahead with the process of Meaningful Financial Inclusion, Mayank Mehta, deputy general manager, Union Bank of India, informed the District Level Review Committee (DLRC).

The survey conducted by Kudumbasree Mission reveals there are nearly 20% adults in the district without bank accounts. Now bank branches have started ward-wise campaign to get accounts opened by all those excluded, a bank release said. Those in need of genuine credits would be supported by banks. Banks will also offer the remittance services and micro insurance policies to the people in the District. The process is expected to be completed by September end.

Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Centres (FLCCs), presently functioning in Koovappady and Angamaly blocks, would be established by various banks in the remaining 12 blocks. FLCCs are meant to guide, assist, and support and counsel the common man on all financial issues without any charge, the release said.


Death due to doctor's negligence is an accident says National Consumer Forum

According to NCDRC ruling, the insured died during an operation by the treating doctors and the injury to the insured was an accident, therefore the insurance company is liable to pay accidental death benefits to the heirs

New Delhi: Death of a patient due to rash or negligent act of a doctor is an accident, making the victim entitled to the accidental death benefits from his or her insurer, the country's apex consumer panel has held, reports PTI.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (NCDRC) gave the ruling while ordering the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India to pay the accidental death benefits to the husband of the insured, who had died while being operated upon.

"The life assured (the insured) died during an operation by the treating doctors. Thus, the injury to the life assured was an accident caused by outward, violent and visible means and therefore, the LIC of India cannot be absolved from its liability to pay the accidental benefits to the complainant," the NCDRC said.

The LIC had denied the accidental benefits to Haryana resident Narender Singh, the husband of the insured, saying his wife's death during the surgery was not an accident.

It had also contended that the doctors were not negligent or rash as they had performed the surgery fairly without any ill-intention or mens rea.

The bench presided by Justice JM Malik rejected the contentions as "devoid of force" and pointed out that "a criminal case under section 304-A (of Indian Penal Code) is pending against the doctors. A criminal case crops up by a negligent and rash act. Mens rea is not required."

It also observed "the negligence and rashness" as well as deficiency of service of the doctors was evident from the fact that no anaesthetist was present during the surgery.

"Without calling the anaesthetist, the doctors should not have treated the patient at all. This itself speaks deficiency in service on the part of the doctors as well as negligence and rashness," the NCDRC said.

The apex consumer commission gave its judgement while dismissing LIC's plea challenging an order of the Haryana State Consumer Commission which had upheld the verdict of the District consumer forum.

The district forum had held the death of the insured during the surgery was an accident and had directed the PSU to pay the accidental death benefits to her husband.

The district forum's order had come on the complaint of Narender Singh, who had alleged his wife had died due to wrong treatment by the doctors who were performing the surgery.

Singh had said his wife was admitted for surgery as she was suffering from blockage of her fallopian tubes and was having trouble conceiving.

He had said he had bought a life insurance policy from LIC for an assured amount of Rs50,000 and also having accidental death benefits.

Singh had alleged when he filed his claim, the LIC only paid the assured amount and denied the accidental death benefits.


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