Will consider insurance cover to workers performing last rites of Covid-19 victims: Centre to SC

Prime News, National, health, Disease, Insurance, New Delhi, June 22:- The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday (June 21) that it would consider granting insurance cover on the lines of other frontline workers to those working in crematoriums and helping conduct last rites of Covid-19 victims, terming the issue a “valid concern.”

A special vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah, which reserved verdict on two pleas seeking ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the dependents of those who died of Covid-19, was told by lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal that the people working in crematoriums have been left without any insurance cover.

Bansal, who has filed one of the PILs on the issue, said the crematorium workers are getting infected and succumbing to the deadly disease. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, agreed to the enormity of the issue and said it was a valid concern.

It is a very valid concern. Crematorium members are not covered under the insurance scheme. I will take care of this aspect. Presently over 22 lakh healthcare workers are covered under the insurance scheme, Mehta told the bench during the hearing conducted through video conferencing.

The government has already extended for one more year, starting from April 2021, the benefit of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Insurance Scheme’ of Rs 50 lakh to about 22 lakh healthcare professionals, he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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