The Centre has extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package- PMGKP Insurance Scheme for Healthcare Workers fighting COVID-19 for a further period of 180 days so as to continue to provide the safety net to the dependents of health workers who are deputed to take care of COVID-19 patients. Union Health Ministry in a statement said, the insurance policy has been extended with effect from tomorrow. A letter to this effect has been issued to all States and Union Territories for giving wide publicity amongst the health workers. The current period of the insurance policy is ending today. The Ministry said that since the Covid-19 pandemic has still not abated and deaths of health workers deployed for COVID-related duties are still being reported from different States and UTs, accordingly, the decision was taken to extend the period of this policy. The Ministry said, so far, one thousand 351 claims have been paid under the scheme.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19’ was launched on 30th of March last year to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of 50 lakh rupees to 22.12 lakh health care providers. They include community health workers and private health workers who may have been in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and may be at risk of being impacted by this.
Further, on account of the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff , volunteer, local urban bodies, contract and outsourced staff requisitioned by States and Central hospitals, AIIMS and Institute of National Importance hospitals of Central Ministries specifically drafted for care of COVID-19 patients are also covered under the PMGKP. So far, 1351 claims have been paid under the scheme.