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Office of the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation

The primary role of the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation, who enjoys the powers of a Civil Court, is to implement the Workmen’s Compensation   ordinance No. 19 of 1984 as amended  Finally in the year 2005.

The objective of this Ordinance is to obtain compensation from employees to workmen injured from accidents while at work or to workmen   suffering from diseases attributable to the nature of employment and to their dependents in case of death of workmen from such causes. The Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation carries out the following activities to realize the above objective.

Receipt of complaints claming workmen’s compensation. Conducting inquiries in to the accepted applications for compensation and settlement of the problem either by obtaining the claim or by rejecting it. Collection of compensatory payments from employers. Payment of compensation to disabled or diseased workmen or to the dependents of dead workmen.

According to the provisions to the Ordinance inquiries into payment of compensation should be conducted in the area itself where the accident occurred. Therefore, mobile courts are held in many places of the Island.

The payment of compensation by employers in case of fatal accidents should be through the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation. But compensation in case of non- fatal accidents can even be paid direct to the disabled or diseased workmen with the approval of the Commissioner for Workmen’s compensation. When such direct payment is made a memorandum stating that the payment was made with the agreement of both the employer and the workmen should be signed and sent to the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation to be registered at his office.

For the benefit of under aged dependants of deceased workmen, the compensation due to them are deposited with the National Savings Bank, under the trusteeship of the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation. After they complete 18 years of age the pass books concerned are handed over to them. If there is evidence to show that a child who has not attained the due age limit needs assistance for education, maintenance or medical treatment, the interest due on the amount lying to the credit of the under aged dependant, at the bank, can be paid to the guardians, at the discretion of the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation’

Contact Information,

Administrative Officer
Tel : + 94 011-2599662
Fax : + 94 011-2055267

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