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The ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19’ was announced on 30 March 2020 for a period of 90 days. This was extended for a further period of 90 days i.e. up to 25th Sept, 2020.

The scheme has now been extended for another 180 days i.e. 6 months.

This Central Sector Scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs. 50 lakh to healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and therefore at risk of being infected. It also includes accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

The scheme also covers 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 drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities.

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

There is no age limit for this scheme and individual enrolment is not required. The entire amount of premium for this scheme is being borne by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The benefit/claim under this policy is in addition to the amount payable under any other policies. Ministry of Health and Family welfare has collaborated with the New India Assurance (NIA) Company Limited for providing the insurance amount based on the guidelines prepared for the scheme.

Till date, under the scheme, a total of 61 claims are processed and paid. 156 claims are under examination by New India Assurance (NIA) Company Limited, and in 67 cases claims forms are yet to be submitted by the States.

PMGKP Insurance Scheme
States/UTs: Summary of the claims as on 15/09/2020

S. No.

State/UT

Claims Received by NIA

Claim processed

By NIA

Claim forms under examination

At NIA

Claims not eligible**

Claim forms awaited

From states

1

Andaman & Nicobar

0

0

0

0

1

2

Andhra Pradesh

20

4

12

4

4

3

Arunachal Pradesh

1

1

0

0

2

4

Assam

5

1+1

3

0

0

5

Bihar

16

2

12

2

1

6

Chandigarh

1

0

1

0

0

7

Chhattisgarh

3

0

1

2

3

8

Delhi

9

1

8

0

10

9

Gujarat

28

8+1

13

6

0

10

Haryana

0

0

0

0

3

11

Himachal Pradesh

1

0

1

0

0

12

Jammu & Kashmir

5

0

5

0

0

13

Jharkhand

7

0

4

3

2

14

Karnataka

8

3

2

3

2

15

Kerala

3

3

0

0

0

16

Madhya Pradesh

9

1

4

4

0

17

Maharashtra

49

13+1

19

16

8

18

Mizoram

2

0

1

1

0

19

Odisha

42

0

42

0

5

20

Puducherry

0

0

0

0

4

21

Punjab

1

1

0

0

7

22

Rajasthan

17

4

5

8

1

23

Tamil Nadu

20

4+1

8

7

2

24

Telangana

11

2

6

3

9

25

Uttar Pradesh

11

5+1

2

3

1

26

West Bengal

13

3

7

3

2

 

Total

282

 

61

156

65

67

 

The Scheme shows the commitment of the Union Government to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of the Healthcare Workers who have been on the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. It is due to their selfless service and dedication to work, that India has been able to sustain its fight against COVID and continue to sustain its low mortality rate (1.64%), which is among the lowest globally (3.19% as on date).

Sources https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1654635

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