ASHA Current Affairs - 2020

Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers fighting COVID-19

On March 29, 2020, the Government of India approved insurance scheme for health workers that are fighting against Corona Virus. The Scheme was announced under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package that was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on March 26, 2020.

Key Features of the Scheme

Under the scheme, the health workers are to receive Rs 50 lakhs for 90 days of their service. On the whole a total of 22.12 lakh public health care providers have been selected under the scheme. This includes workers that have direct contact with patients infected with COVID-19. Also, it includes doctors, sanitation staff, paramedics, Asha workers and nurses.

ASHA Workers

ASHA workers are Accredited Social Health Activist. He or she is a community health worker working under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. ASHA workers are a part of the National Rural Health Mission that was launched in 2005.


The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India is also on the verge of developing an insurance policy to cover COVID-19 infected patients at large.

Labour Ministry is celebrating Pension Week

The Labor Ministry is celebrating pension week from November 30, 2019 to December 6, 2019 in order to increase enrolments under National Pension Scheme (NPS) for traders and Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM). The aim of the celebration is to enroll 1 crore beneficiaries under PMSYM and 50 lakh beneficiaries under NPS-traders.


The observation of the week was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Gangwar. As a part of the celebration, awareness campaigns are to be organized among 10 crore Ayushman beneficiaries, 40 lakh Anganwadi workers during the initial days. The campaigns will explain the pension schemes being offered by the Government of India and their benefits and importance. The campaign will also include 2.5 crore Self Help Group members, 4 to 5 crore building and other construction workers and 10 lakh ASHA workers.


In order increase enrollments the monthly contribution of the scheme has been kept at the lowest level ranging from Rs 55 to 200 per month. When a person joins a pension scheme he enjoys tax deduction up to 10% of basic salary. The schemes are designed in such a way that after retirement the person can fulfil his basic needs with a minimal monthly amount, say Rs 6000.