Mumbai: As many as 312 police personnel of Maharashtra lost their lives because of the deadly virus of Covid-19 since the pandemic struck in the state last year while Around 28,500 security personnel were tested positive for coronavirus during the period.
Indeed this year will be remembered for the sacrifices made by police officials in the fight against COVID-19, which claimed 98 police officers and constables from Mumbai alone. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten, says a senior police officer.
After the lockdown was imposed in March, lakhs of migrant workers from other parts of the country were stranded in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra. The police were instrumental in providing them with food and taking care of their safety.
The pandemic, which saw a drop in the crime rate, also unleashed a flood of rumours on social media. Maharashtra Cyber, the cybercrime wing of the police, cracked down on these rumour-mongers.
In view of the prevailing situation, the Maharashtra government provided a comprehensive personal life cover of Rs 50-lakh to all employees who are on active duty in surveying, tracing, tracking, testing, prevention, treatment and relief activities during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In a government resolution, the State Finance Department said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in an order dated March 28 has provided an insurance scheme for health workers and healthcare related staff. “However, a lot of other staffers (district administration, police, home guards, Anganwadi workers, employees of finance and treasury, food and civil supply, water supply and sanitation, and other departments deputed for house-to-house survey work) are also involved in COVID-19 duties. To support them and their families in the event of their unfortunate loss of life, the government has taken the decision,” the government communication said.