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States Advised to Undertake Initiatives for Healthcare Workers Engaged in CovId-19 Related Duties

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has advised states and union territories (UTs) to undertake various initiatives for recognizing services rendered by healthcare workers engaged in the Covid-19 related duties informed the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharti Pravin Pawar in the Rajya Sabha today.

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These include all such professionals who sign up for a minimum of 100 days of the Covid duty and complete it successfully will be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from the Government of India. State and UT governments to consider giving preference in regular government appointments of health professionals through the respective Public Service Commission or other recruitment bodies, for those health professionals under this special scheme, who complete a minimum of 100 days of the Covid related duty. They may also consider giving a suitable honorarium for distinguished the Covid Service as per NHM norms.

The Government of India has introduced a new category ‘Wards of Covid Warriors’ in the guidelines for selection and nomination of candidates against Central pool MBBS seats for the academic year 2020-21. Five Central pool MBBS seats were reserved for this category for the academic year 2020-21. MBBS seats were allocated for Central pool MBBS seats for candidates from amongst the wards of ‘Covid Warriors”, who have lost life due to the Covid-19; or died accidentally on account of Covid-19 related duty, the minister also informed.

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