52. Benefits when payable
[(1) Any benefit payable under the Act shall be paid –
(a) in the case of sickness benefit not later than 7 days;
24[(b) in the case of funeral expenses not later than 15 days;]
(c) in the case of first payment in respect of maternity benefit not later than 14 days;
(d) in the case of the first payment in respect of Temporary Disablement Benefit not later than one month;
(e) in the case of first payment of Permanent Disablement Benefit not later than one month;
(f) in the case of first payment of Dependants’ Benefit not later than 3 months, after the claim therefore together with the relevant medical or other certificates and any other documentary evidence which may be called for under these Regulations has been furnished completed in all particular to the appropriate office.]
(2) Second and subsequent payments in respect of any maternity, temporary disablement, permanent disablement or dependents’ benefit shall be paid along with the first payment in respect thereof or within the calendar month following the month to the whole or part of which they relate, whichever is later subject to production of any documentary evidence which may be required under these regulations.
(3) Where a benefit payment is not made within the time limits specified in sub-regulations (1) and (2) above, it shall be reported to the appropriate Regional Office and shall be paid as soon as possible.
(4) Benefits under the Act shall be paid in cash at a Local Office on such days and working hours, as may be fixed by the Director-General, or such other officer of the Corporation, as may be authorized by him from time to time in this behalf, or, at the option of the claimant and subject to deduction of the cost of remittance, by means of postal money orders or other orders payable through a post office, or by any other means, which the appropriate office may in the circumstances of any particular case consider appropriate:
PROVIDED that the Corporation may waive the deduction of the cost of remittance in such cases as the Director-General may, from time to time, specify.
(5) Where the payment of a benefit is to be made at a local office, such office may insist upon the production of the identity card or other document issued in lieu thereof in respect of the insured person.