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Celebrate Pahela Baishakh at home, she urges countrymen

Tk 750cr insurance for those working in coronavirus frontlines: PM

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Tk 750cr insurance for those working in coronavirus frontlines: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today announced allocation of Tk 750 crore for insurance of doctors, nurses, health workers; field officers; members of law enforcement agencies, armed forces, BGB; and other government employees, who are risking their lives to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

PM made the announcement while addressing the nation this evening on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, being observed tomorrow.

If any of the abovementioned is affected while on duty, they will get health insurance worth Tk 5 lakh to Tk 10 lakh as per their designation, and the rate will increase by 5 times in case of death, the premier said, adding that Tk 750 crore has been allocated for their health and life insurance.

Alongside the allocation for health and life insurance, Sheikh Hasina also assured to give special allowance to government health workers dealing with coronavirus patients directly.
“I have already asked to prepare a list of government health workers who are working directly with coronavirus patients. They will be given a special allowance. For this, Tk 100 crore has been allocated,” she said.

She also thanked doctors, nurses, health workers, government officials and employees, and journalists for their effort during this difficult time.

CELEBRATE PAHELA BAISHAKH AT HOME

The prime minister urged the countrymen to celebrate the Bangla New Year with family members at home.

“We will celebrate this New Year at home,” the premier said.

“Don’t go out without a pressing need. Don’t form crowds. Maintain hygiene. Protect yourself and family members from coronavirus infection,” she urged all.

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