The government said on Friday that the insurance scheme specifically introduced for front-line health workers engaged in combating the Kovid-19 epidemic has been extended for six months. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the working of various empowered groups through video conference.
According to a statement, Modi asked the officials to find out how civil society volunteers can be used to ease the pressure on the healthcare sector. Significantly, the government wants to speed up its measures for prevention of Kovid-19.
PM Modi said in a tweet, ‘chaired a meeting during which the functioning of various empowered groups was reviewed. These empowered groups are addressing various aspects of Kovid relief and helping the people. It was discussed in the meeting that NGOs can be a link between patients, their dependents and healthcare workers, while former employees can help through call centers to help those who are at home to receive health benefits.
According to the statement, Modi said that the central government should work in coordination with the states to ensure that the poor get the benefit of free food grains scheme without any hassle. The Prime Minister said that steps should be taken to expedite settlement of pending insurance claims, so that the dependents of the deceased get timely relief.
The Empowered Group on Economic and Welfare Measures made a presentation to Modi on measures like increasing the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, under which more than 80 crore people will be given free ration in May and June. It was also said that ‘One Nation One Ration Card initiative has benefited people a lot.