HP to give Rs 50 Lakh to Kin of officials, excluding health workers, if they die due to COVID-19

The government of Himachal Pradesh would pay Rs 50 lakh as an ex-gratia to the families of state-run officials (except health workers) if they catch the infection and suffer from it.

Updated: Apr 24, 2020 10:36 IST

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Tags: India Corona

HP Government to pay 50 Lakhs

The government of Himachal Pradesh would pay Rs 50 lakh as an ex-gratia to the families of state-run officials (except health workers) if they catch the infection and die as a consequence. "Himachal Pradesh government will pay Rs 50 lakh as an ex-gratia out of HPSDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund to the family of officials working in state government (except health workers), if they contract the infection and die due to it, amid COVID-19 outbreak," Chief Minister Office said in a statement on Thursday.

"Ministry of Health, Government of India has already announced insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-1 9," the statement added. Earlier, the central government had declared that any health professional who meets with some incident while managing COVID-19 patients would be paid for under the insurance scheme by a sum of Rs 50 lakh. The system would include all government health facilities, fitness centers, and the Centre's hospitals, as well as provinces.

In India, a total of 21,700 confirmed coronavirus cases were registered. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Thursday that 4,325 citizens who were COVID-19 positive had healed or migrated. Owing to coronavirus 686 people lose their lives.