'Corona Warrior' status to Late Dr Javed Ali who succumbed to COVID; Rs 1 crore compensation to kin
New Delhi - The Delhi government has decided to accord the ''Corona Warrior'' status to the late Dr Javed Ali, a National Health Mission (NHM) doctor who succumbed to COVID-19, and grant his family Rs 1 crore compensation. This was recently announced by the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Dr Javed Ali, 42, had contracted the infection in the line of duty and died on Tuesday. Medical Dialogues had reported about the unfortunate incident. He contracted COVID in June while performing his duties in a coronavirus facility. He was fighting it for the last month until he breathed his last at 8:40 a.m. on Monday at AIIMS trauma centre.
With the tragic incident, the contractual doctors started questioning the government about the responsibility for the death of COVID warriors who are serving government facilities on contract basis and are having no commitment from the government on financial assistance to their families.
His wife had been appealing to authorities to provide help to the family. Now, considering the plea, the Delhi government has announced to accord the status of Corona Warrior to the deceased doctor along with the compensation
"Dr Javed Ali working as a doctor with Delhi Govt NRHM, had succumbed to Covid. Hon CM @ArvindKejriwal has announced that he will be given Corona Warrior status. Delhi govt will gives 1 cr compensation to the family," Jain tweeted.
Hundreds of healthcare workers in the national capital have contracted COVID-19 till date.
Earlier in the day, interacting with reporters, Jain had said, "We know that contractual doctor Javed Ali, who was working with Delhi government''s National Health Mission, died yesterday of coronavirus. The Delhi government will provide financial compensation to his family because he was a frontline worker who died during COVID-19 duty".
The ex gratia of Rs 1 crore is being given by the Delhi government to all its employees who succumb to coronavirus while discharging their duties as frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic.
Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had met the family members of Dr Aseem Gupta (52), who died in June fighting COVID-19, and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore as an ex-gratia payment to them.
The chief minister had termed late Gupta as a "people''s doctor'''' and said it was a duty of the government to support the families of those people who sacrificed their lives for others.