Karnataka: Pourakarmikas to get insurance, Covid-19 gear | Mysuru News – Times of India

More than 22,000 civic workers will be covered

MYSURU: Five months into the coronavirus outbreak in Karnataka, the state government has extended insurance to pourakarmikas who are on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19. In the event of death, next of kin will get Rs 30 lakh in compensation.
Workers handling Covid-related biomedical waste will be given protective gear — including PPE, gloves, gumboots and masks — and their health will be monitored. In case of illness, they will be shifted to medical facilities as required, says a circular issued by the health and family welfare services department on July 28. “In all, 22,631 workers will come under the insurance scheme,” said BB Kaveri, director of direc torate of municipal administration.
Insurance scheme will cover drivers


More than 17,106 civic workers in Karnataka, including contractual workers, have been doing “yeoman duty” during the pandemic and it is “prudent” to take care of their health and well-being, the circular said. In addition, there are about 5,525 sanitary helpers and supervisors, vehicle drivers and loaders.
“The coverage under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is extended to pourakarmikas who are under direct recruitment as well as contractual direct payment. The victim’s relative would get Rs 30 lakh compensation as per the finance department,” said BB Kaveri, director of directorate of municipal administration.
No civic worker appointed on permanent basis has died of the infection although more than 100 are infected, said Kaveri, whose office does not cover BBMP. A week ago, BBMP submitted in the HC that four workers performing Covid-related duties had died; days later, another worker died in hospital. Families have been demanding insurance and medical help, since the pourakarmikas are at risk of infection. The scheme will cover drivers, loaders and supervisors as well.

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