Bhubaneswar: With a view to instill confidence and social security among the Anganwadi workers, supervisors and helpers engaged in Covid-19 duty, the State government on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh for the kin of these frontline warriors in case of death due to the contagious virus in the line of duty.
In letter to all District Social Welfare Officers (DSWO), Joint Secretary of Child and Women Welfare Department Nityananda Barik stated that financial assistance of Rs. 50 lakhs would be paid to ‘the spouse or next to the kin of any person drafted by government to perform COVID-19 related duty and succumb to it while in active line of duty’.
“Accordingly, Supervisors/AWWs/ AWHs are also covered under the financial assistance scheme and their spouse/ next of kin will be eligible for the financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 Lakh,” the letter read.
However, the scheme is applicable for those who are not illegible for insurance coverage under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package announced by Central government.
The joint secretary also instructed the DSWOs to ensure adequate safety materials like masks, gloves, sanitizers for the Angawanwadi workers during door to door survey.
The welfare officers can seek intervention of respective Collectors in case of any issue, he added.
The Odisha government had recently ordered a State-wide door-to-door survey to trace people having Covid symptoms. Anganwadi Workers, ASHA have been engaged in the special exercise which began on May 24.
The decision of door-to-door survey has been taken in the wake of the increasing corona graph in rural areas.
The State has reported 71,4380 Covid positive cases so far while the active cases stood at 11,0554.