COVID-19: Centre approves insurance scheme for health workers

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New Delhi: The Centre has approved an insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 with the following conditions under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package.

The insurance cover of Rs. 50 lakh for ninety (90) days will be made available to a total of nearly 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers.

The number includes community health workers who may have to be in direct contact and care of coronavirus patients.

Those who can be drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities are private hospital staff/ retired/volunteer/ local urban bodies/contract/daily wage/ ad-hoc/outsourced staff requisitioned by states/ Central hospitals/autonomous hospitals of Central/states/UTs, AIIMS & INIs and hospitals of Central ministries.

The Centre has made it clear that the insurance provided under this scheme would be over and above any other insurance benefits availed of by the beneficiary.

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