Shipping Ministry Announces 50 Lakh INR Compensation for Port Workers

The Union Ministry of Shipping announced a monetary compensation of 50 lakh INR for workers of major ports in case of death due to COVID-19.

About the Initiative

The Union Ministry of Shipping directed the major ports in India to provide monetary compensation to its workers in case of death due to COVID-19. This 50 lakh INR monetary compensation was announced in light of the need to continue essential services despite the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths in India.


The monetary compensation is applicable to port employees and workers- even those working on a contractual basis in the major ports of India. The compensation will be given to the legal heir or the dependent members in case of the worker dying due to COVID-19. The compensation scheme is to be in force till the end of September.

Major Ports in India

There are 12 major ports in India:

  • Deendayal Port Trust in Gujarat
  • Paradip Port Trust in Odisha
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Mumbai Port Trust in Maharashtra
  • Visakhapatnam Port Trust in Andhra Pradesh
  • Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port Trust in West Bengal
  • Chennai Port Trust, Kamarajar Port Ltd and VOC Port Trust in Tamil Nadu
  • New Mangaluru Port Trust in Karnataka
  • Kochi Port Trust in Kerala
  • Mormugao Port Trust in Goa



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