Healthcare workers

HeaPresently, India is fighting with the deadlier second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, the Modi government has announced to terminate the existing insurance scheme of Rs 50 lakh for those healthcare workers who die in the line of COVID-19 duty.

Signed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, a circular noting the end of the scheme was sent to all states on March 24 last month.

Recognized as the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP), the insurance scheme was undertaken to provide a safety net for healthcare workers who die in the line of COVID-19 duty.

The PMGKP: insurance scheme for the healthcare workers struggling Covid-19 was carried out with effect from 30 March 2020, initially for 90 days to provide an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic, the duration of the scheme was extended up to 24 March 2021, stated the letter.

The Health Ministry, however, asserted that a new scheme is being developed. And the government is in conversations with a new insurance company.

Announced by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26, 2020, was first enforced for 90 days and was later extended for a year.

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It is worth citing here that as per the Indian Medical Association (IMA), at least 736 doctors have died due to the Covid-19 virus However, only 287 doctors out of 736 who died have been given Rs 50 lakhs so far.

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