State to give Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to all frontline Covid workers

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Scheme will include staff of district admins, police, home guards, anganwadis, food and civil supplies, water supply, workers of sanitation departments, and door-to-door surveyors too

The Maharashtra government has decided to offer Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to government, private, contractual and outsourced staffers discharging duties related to prevention of Covid-19 and treatment of patients.

The circular issued on Friday by state Finance secretary Manoj Saunik , specifies that the scheme will now include staffers attached to the district administrations, police, home guards, anganwadi, food and civil supplies, water supply and sanitation departments and employees deployed to carry out house-to-house surveys.

So far, the BMC has lost 38 employees on Covid-19 duty and the Mumbai Police has lost 16 personnel. Those in the health services are already benefiting from a similar central scheme.

As per the directive, district collectors or department heads need to certify a staffer was on duty during the 14 days before being admitted to a hospital or dying due to the disease so that the employee can avail benefit of the insurance cover. As of now, the scheme will be applicable till September 30.

Sainath Rajadhyaksha of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Engineers union said, “We had been demanding compensation on the lines of the one being given to heathcare workers. Now, finally we have been heard. We are thankful to the government for this step.”



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