The Union Government today extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 for a further period of 180 days. The Health Ministry said, the decision has been taken to extend the policy so as to continue to provide the safety net to the dependents of health workers. A letter to this effect has been issued to all States and UTs for giving wide publicity among the health workers.
In March 2020, the PMGKP was launched to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of 50 lakh rupees to 22.12 lakh health care providers including community health workers and private health workers. The private hospital staff requisitioned by States and Central Hospitals specifically drafted for the care of COVID-19 patients are also covered under the scheme. So far, 1,905 claims of health workers who died while being deployed for COVID-related duties have been settled under the scheme.