New Delhi: To facilitate speedy claim processing for the Uttarakhand flood victims, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is planning to open a camp in Dehradun. Along with this, there are also plans to open mini offices in various areas of the state. The Finance Minister P Chidambaram has already directed LIC to make arrangements for faster claim processing.

On the occasion of opening of 300 mini offices, the Finance Minister said that LIC should adopt flexible approach in claim processing keeping in mind the devastation the state has faced. As per the present rules, claim settlement for missing people is done after 7 years. Chidambaram stressed that the current rule should not be followed for the victims of Uttarakhand floods. Instead, the person getting the benefit of the claim should be requested to fill a bond to testify his identity. If the claimant is found guilty, he/she will then be liable for punishment.

Earlier, LIC had adopted a flexible approach in claim settlement for victims of Bhuj and Latur earthquakes. The LIC is expected to adopt similar approach this time as well. The LIC camp in Dehradun will be processing all claims directly from there. All the claim applications coming from the state will be processed on a priority basis.

JPN/Bureau

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