Consumer redressal: SC Orders Rs1.8 Crore To Be Paid for Medical Negligence
The Supreme Court ordered one of the largest compensations so far in the country in a case of medical negligence—Rs1.8 crore. The Tamil Nadu government has to pay the sum to an 18-year-old girl who lost her vision at birth due to medical negligence at a government-run hospital. The girl, who is now 18 years old, was born prematurely at the government hospital in Chennai’s Egmore. She was discharged from the hospital without a retinopathy test, a must for premature infants. By the time the family discovered the lapse, the girl had lost her vision. 
 
The girl’s father then approached the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (NCDRC) which awarded Rs5 lakh. Unhappy with the compensation, the family approached the apex court. The Tamil Nadu government, too, had challenged the order of the Forum. The Supreme Court dismissed the state government’s appeal and directed it to pay the higher compensation.

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Other insurance: ICICI Lombard Asked To Pay Rs1.85 lakh for Loss of Car
The Thane District Consumer Redressal Forum directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance to pay Rs1.85 lakh to a complainant, Popat Y Bandekar, in a case of stolen vehicle.
 
Mr Bandekar’s counsel told the Forum that the applicant’s car was stolen while he was returning from Shirdi. A man impersonating as a traffic police personnel intercepted him to check documents but decamped with his car, in January 2011. The insurance company rejected the claim saying that the claimant had orchestrated the theft in order to pocket the insurance sum.  Mr Banderkar lodged a case with the police but the case was closed.
 
Later, Mr Bandekar approached the Forum which observed that the insurance company had failed in providing services to the customer. The Forum also directed ICICI Lombard to pay an additional Rs10,000 towards legal expenses.

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Retirement: Government May Cap Premature PF Withdrawals at 75%
The government is planning to cap premature withdrawals at 75%, for EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) subscribers, at any given time till the age of 58. Under the existing provisions, EPFO subscribers can withdraw the entire amount by declaring that they are not employed anywhere for two months.
 
The proposal regarding changes in the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme has been sent to the labour ministry for approval. “We will take a decision in this regard in the next 10-15 days,” labour secretary, Shankar Aggarwal, said.
Central provident fund commissioner, KK Jalan, also said the proposed changes are likely to be notified soon, as they have got the backing of employee unions. Asked whether the 75% withdrawal ceiling has been proposed for even needs like constructing a house, marriage, children’s education, etc, Mr Jalan replied in the affirmative. 
 

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