Insurance policy covering kitul tappers amended:
Kitul tappers' future looks bright
The insurance policy covering kitul tappers has been amended from
July 1. Kitul tappers now need not fear for the future, Traditional
Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda
He was speaking at a ceremony to hand over the amended insurance
policy, covering those engaged in tapping kitul palms and their trainers
at the ministry.
Minister Devananda said the Co-operative Insurance Company Ltd had
obtained an insurance policy covering those engaged in tapping kitul
palm flowers and trainers of the kitul development national programme
under the purview of the Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise
"Under this cover, if a kitul tapper or a trainer of the tappers is
partially or permanently disabled, dies or is hospitalised due to an
accident while engaged in kitul tapping, he will be entitled for
compensation and in addition, a lump sum for funeral expenses," he said.
Devananda said the ministry resorted to this to encourage new comers
to the industry. "A kitul tapper will be able to earn a monthly income
between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. The President has allocated Rs 18
million to uplift the kitul industry," Devananda said.