Shimla : The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID -19 has been extended for a period of 180 Days more.
This scheme was implemented with effect from March 3, 2020, and was to ensure in case of any adversity due to COVID-19, the families of Health Workers are taken care of.
Nipun Jindal, Convener –IEC Media Committee-cum -Mission Director, NHM, HP said today that the scheme was to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakhs to 22.12 lakh health care providers across the country including community health workers and private health workers drafted by the Government for COVID 19 related responsibilities, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID 19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this.
He said that the scheme was being implemented through the New India Assurance Company.
This scheme has acted as a very effective safety net and has been able to provide relief to the dependents of Health Workers who have lost their lives due to COVID-19 while fighting the Pandemic.
Under this scheme, Private Hospital staff, Retired, Volunteer/Local urban bodies/Contract/Daily wage/Ad Hoc/outsourced staff requisitioned by the state/Central Hospital/Autonomous Hospitals of central/state/UTs, AIIMS &INIs/Hospitals of central ministries specifically drafted for the care of COVID 19 patients are covered.
The State Government has nominated the Director of Health Services, Himachal Pradesh as a nodal person for the filing of claims under the scheme, he added.