Dahi Handi: Few mandals sought Govinda insurance; 33% drop since 2019
The public sector firm that provides insurance coverage to Govinda in Mumbai and MMR during the Dahi Handi festival has witnessed a drop of 33 per cent in insurance applications since the state government announced a Rs 10 lakh coverage.
Every year, Oriental Insurance Company provides medical insurance to Govindas from Mumbai, MMR, Palghar, and Ratnagiri from the day of Guru Purnima when they start their practice of making human pyramids.
As per the data available with The Indian Express, in 2019, as many as 1,100 mandals comprising 55,000 Govindas took insurance. This year, Dahi Handi was celebrated in full glory, with all the restrictions lifted two years after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. However, this year the number of insurance applications dropped and only 730 mandals with 36,700 Govindas opted for it, registering a 33 per cent drop from 2019 when Dahi Handi was last held.