Union Government has taken up with the insurance company to step up immediate action on Odisha COVID Warriors Insurance Claims and settle the matter with immediate effect.
Debasish Panda, Secretary Financial Services of Government of India has taken up the matter with New India Assurance Company, which is implementing Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19.
Known for his proactive approach, Mr.Panda has brought to the attention of CMD New India Assurance Company (NIAC) in this regard as Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has brought it to his notice.
Mr.Panda has urged CMD NIAC, Atul Sahai to reexamine the matter as these COVID Warriors were not only deployed in COVID Care Centers but have also contracted the infection during their course of deployment, eventually leading to death.
Earlier, Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy had brought out a clear picture over the matter, and urged that this issue requires immediate attention, pointed out Union Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Rajesh Bhusan.
Chief Secretary Mr.Tripathy pointed out that though the cases are justified 13 COVID Warriors cases have been rejected by New India Assurance Company, though they are frontline workers working in Temporary Medical Centers.
He informed that the Government of Odisha has set up Temporary Medical Centers along with COVID Care Centers (CCC)s.
COVID Health Centers and Dedicated COVID Hospitals are part of the COVID Health Facilities for effective management of COVID-19.
The frontline workers engaged for management of the TMCs perform similar role as frontline workers of CCCs, CHC and DCHs, pointed Chief Secretary.
Under this backdrop, Chief Secretary Mr.Tripathy urged that all the rejected 13 cases were basically frontline workers in TMC and therefore he requested to include the persons engaged in TMCs as COVID Warriors and reconsider their cases under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
After receiving detailed report from Odisha Chief Secretary, Mr.Tripathy, Union Health Secretary Mr.Bhusan had brought it to the notice of Union Secretary Financial Services, Mr.Panda to take up the matter with the Insurance Company.
Mr.Bhusan pointed out that now it is clear that these frontline workers were not only deployed in COVID Care Centers, they contracted COVID-19, while on duty and eventually succumbed to Virus.
So the Insurance Company may be asked to examine all the claims from Odisha under this backdrop and settle the case expeditiously, said Union Secretary Health & Family Welfare.
Odisha Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra has been continuously pursuing the matter of all the COVID Warriors with the Government of India.
Mr.Mohapatra has sent 39 COVID Warriors’ Insurance Claim Cases for consideration to the Ministry of health & Family Welfare in Government of India.
Mr.Mohapatra has written several letters in this regard and continuously harping for settlement of the genuine claims.