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The launch of ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, an insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19  has been approved.

The announcement about the scheme was made under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package.

The scheme will provide an insurance cover of Rs  50 lakh for ninety (90) days to a total of around 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers.

This will include community health workers, 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.

It will also include accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

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, AIIMS & INIs/ hospitals of Central Ministries can also be drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities.

These cases will also be covered subject to numbers indicated by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The insurance provided under this scheme would be over and above any other insurance cover being availed of by the beneficiary.

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