The centre on Wednesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP), the insurance plan to cater to the healthcare workers by another 6 months.
The scheme launched in the year 2020 to provide complete personal accidental cover of Rs. 50 lakh was to see an end in tenure on October 20, 2021.The prime beneficiaries of the scheme are the health care providers including community health workers and private health workers who have been offering direct health care assistance to those infected with Covid. So far, 1351 claims have been paid under the scheme.
Apart from the healthcare workers, on account of the unprecedented situation, 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, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Institute of National Importance (INI)/hospitals of Central Ministries specifically drafted for care of covid-19 patients are also covered under the PMGKP.
"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/UTs, accordingly, the insurance policy has been extended w.e.f. 21.10.2021 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 said in a statement.
The central government also issued a letter on Wednesday to this effect to the Additional Chief Secretaries (Health)/Principal Secretaries (Health)/ Secretaries (Health) of all States/UTs for giving wide publicity amongst the health workers in their respective States/UTs.
Amid a time when recovery from corona is at its peak since March 2020, the cumulative Covid vaccination number is soon to breach 100 crore mark today, the government said.