Insurance scheme for frontline health workers of the country has been extended for another six months, the Central Government stated recently after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the functioning of different empowered groups through video conference.
A statement said PM Modi has also asked officials to explore how volunteers from civil society can be utilised to lessen the pressure on healthcare sector by being drafted in non-specialised tasks, as the government looks to further step up its response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Modi, in a tweet, said, “Chaired a meeting during which the working of the various empowered groups was reviewed. These empowered groups are looking into various aspects of COVID relief and helping people.”
The PM also added that steps should be taken to expedite the settlement of pending insurance claims so that the dependents of the deceased are able to avail of benefits in time,.
The Empowered Group on Economic and Welfare measures made a presentation to Narendra Modi on steps like an extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, under which over 80 crore people will get free ration for May and June, 2021, and it was noted that portability enabled due to ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ initiative has helped benefit more people.