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Fact Check: Has central govt withdrawn the insurance scheme for healthcare workers who die in the line of COVID-19 duty?

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The government of India has extended the insurance for health workers till April 24, 2021, and the Union Health Ministry is not canceling the insurance but they holding talks with an insurance company to come up with a new dispensation.

On 18 April, news website New Indian Express shared a report with a claim that the Government of India has quietly decided not to extend an insurance scheme of Rs 50 lakh for those healthcare workers who die in the line of Covid-19 duty. 

The Hindu’s Political Editor Nistula Hebbar shares a tweet with a claim that "Centre quietly withdraws Rs 50 lakh insurance coverage for healthcare workers who succumbed in the l - The New Indian Express".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also shares a screenshot of a news headline with a claim that "GOI, you are utterly ungrateful."

 

Fact Check

In our investigation, we found that the viral claim is false. The government of India had extended the insurance for health workers till April 24, 2021, and the Union Health Ministry is not canceling the insurance and they holding talks with an insurance company to come up with a new dispensation

Shortly following the publication of these reports, the fact-check wing of the Press Information Bureau of India ( PIB fact-check ) took Twitter to clarify that the viral claim is fake.

The tweet reads, "news report by @NewIndianXpress claims that the Centre has quietly decided not to extend an insurance scheme of Rs 50 lakh for healthcare workers who die in the line of #COVID19 duty. #PIBFactCheck: This report is misinterpreted.

After that New India Express in a tweet clarified that they updated the report with correct information “A correction has been made to the original story: The Centre has decided to cancel the existing insurance scheme of Rs 50 lakh for healthcare workers who die in the line of COVID19 duty. The government is in talks with a new insurance firm.” 

On 18 April, in a tweet, the Ministry of Health said that the scheme was extended thrice till March 24, 2021. It also said that the claims under PMGKP will be settled by the Insurance Company till the 24th of April 2021. Thereafter a new dispensation will be provided to cover the Corona Warriors, for which the Ministry is in talks with the Insurance Company (New India Assurance).

In Conclusion, the News reports and social media posts claiming that the government of India has quietly canceled the insurance for Covid warriors who die in the line of COVID19 duty are fake. The government of India has extended the insurance for health workers till April 24, 2021, and the Union Health Ministry is not canceling the insurance but they holding talks with an insurance company to come up with a new dispensation

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