Delhi: The whole nation is applauding the efforts of frontline health workers to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, those who lost their lives in this battle are yet to receive the insurance claim. 63 families of health workers out of 82, who lost their lives in this battle are yet to receive the insurance claim declared by the government.
About 22.12 lakh healthcare workers were given a cover of Rs 50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). But families continue their wait, prompting the Union Health Ministry to flag this as an issue during a video conference with states, a report by the Indian Express states.
Claims of 19 health care workers have been processed and cleared so far, but the paperwork for 63 others including doctors and nurses, had not been received by the Union health and family welfare ministry yet, said sources.
The highest number of pending claims is from Maharashtra (25 of 63), followed by Delhi (11). Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Telangana are yet to submit full documents for four health care workers each who died during the course of their Covid-19 duty, the sources said.
The source said states were advised to pay "special attention" to families on "compassionate grounds". However, police personnel is not covered by the insurance scheme under the PMGKY.
Right after the first lockdown which began on March 24, the insurance scheme for health workers was announced as part of the PMGKY. Initially started for three months until June, it has now been extended till September amid rising virus cases across the country.
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