Policy on monetary relief to financially disadvantaged caregivers in India

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A caregiver or carer is an unpaid or paid member of a person's social network who helps them with activities of daily living. Caregiving is most commonly used to address impairments related to old age, disability, a disease, or a mental disorder.

India has a number of rural and financially disadvantaged caregivers that have close to no support from the Indian government. Carers that work in employment settings that don't provide paid leave or insurance enter a vicious cycle of compounding financial burden when caring for chronically diseased dependents at their homes.

Countries like Canada and Germany operate on the concept of "interruption of income" that is, the number of work days the caregiver missed as well as the money they spent on caring for their dependents. Carers are then provided monetary relief in proportion to this.

While it is not possible for the Indian government to provide monetary compensation and subsidies on care items to each caregiver in India, we propose that all caregivers beneath a certain income level be provided monetary relief. Because these are people that do not have a reservoir cushion of money or time if they are daily wage workers, to handle the challenges of caregiving.

This shall ensure targeted relief to those that need it the most.