Civil servants happy with funeral scheme

THE Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union (CSAWUZ) says the funeral scheme recently introduced by Government has lightened the burden for public service workers as the grant is released timely by Madison Insurance, managers of the scheme.

Previously, civil servants were entitled to K600 funeral grant with a standard coffin but now workers in division two are getting K15,000.
CSAWUZ general-secretary Joy Beene said the scheme is performing “wonders” to civil servants who have experienced bereavements as the fund is easily accessible provided documentation is submitted timely.
Mr Beene said in an interview recently that the grant previously awarded to public workers was seemingly controversial as it was difficult to define a standard coffin as the price varied from one town to the other.
He said union and Madison officials recently undertook a countrywide tour to get feedback from members on the scheme and the response was positive.
“I toured districts in Eastern and Central provinces to appreciate how the scheme is performing and I can tell you it has done wonders to those who have experienced bereavement.
“The scheme has eased the burden of our members and we are most grateful to Government for partnering with Madison on this noble cause,” he said.
Mr Beene, however, said workers are concerned with the failure by the scheme to cater for their biological parents.
He said the membership also wants Government to consider increasing the age limit of biological children covered by the scheme, which is currently at 21 years.
“This important scheme unfortunately does not cater for biological parents and it is this concern that Government and scheme managers should consider addressing.
“It is also the wish of our members that the age limit of the six biological children be upped from the current 21 years because we keep children who are in college and above that age,” he says.
Mr Beene advised public service workers or their families to ensure they timely submit the necessary documentation to Madison when faced with bereavement.
“For those of our members in far-flung areas, you do not have to travel to Lusaka to present the documents, rather you work with the focal persons in your areas and send a copy of filled documents through social media forums such as WhatsApp,” Mr Beene said.


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