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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday announced insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for all frontline health workers and additional ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for those who die in the line of duty.

Separately, sanction has been accorded for appointing 200 nursing orderlies to augment the manpower in different hospitals.

“Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh will be provided to the health care workers. Also, an additional ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh will be paid posthumously to them so that they will get a total amount of Rs 75 lakh,” read an order of Health and Medical Education Department.

In the second order, the administration has directed to engage 200 nursing orderlies in government medical colleges and Hospitals.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the engagement of one hundred nursing orderlies each for government medical colleges, Srinagar and Jammu (total 200) on outsourcing basis, through National Health Mission J&K,” the order read.

The nursing orderlies, according to it, will be paid a monthly salary of Rs 9,527 as per the NHM, rules.

“The outsourcing arrangement will be for six months or till the posts filled up through the Selection Agency, which is earlier,” read the order.

Financial Commissioner Medical and Health Education Jammu and Kashmir Atal Dullo told The Kashmir Monitor said the measures have been taken on account of the prevailing situation.

“The wages calculated were lesser than what we are giving to the nursing orderlies. This amount includes the Provident Fund (PF), and Employees State Insurance (ESI),” he said.

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