Supreme Court approves ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to kin of people who lost lives to Covid

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The Supreme Court has approved the policy of giving an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of people who die due to COVID-19 in India. The top court said the money has to be disbursed within 30 days of making the application.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has approved a policy of giving an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of people who die due to COVID-19 in India. The top court said the money has to be disbursed within 30 days of making the application.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and AS Bopanna ordered that no state should deny ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of persons who die of COVID-19 merely on the ground that the death certificate does not mention COVID-19. Is. cause of death The Bench approved the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority for the grant of compensation in cases of COVID-19 deaths. The top court asked the Center and the states to give wide publicity to the ex-gratia scheme.

The kin of the deceased who died due to COVID-19 will get an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000, which will be the minimum and more amount paid by the Center and the State under various schemes, the bench directed. The payment will be from the State Disaster Relief Fund, it added.

No state shall deny the benefit of Rs 50,000 on the ground that the cause of death is not COVID-19 in the death certificate, the bench ordered, adding that the district authorities will have to take remedial steps to fix the cause of death. The details of the District Level Committee will be published in the print media.

Earlier, the apex court had expressed happiness over the Centre’s decision to provide an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of those who died of COVID-19, saying it would bring some consolation to the victims.

The central government had informed the apex court that the NDMA has recommended payment of an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of those who died of COVID-19, including those who were involved in relief operations. or were associated with preparatory activities. The cause of death is being certified as COVID 19.

In an affidavit filed before the top court, the Center has said that the NDMA had proposed the amount to be disbursed by the state governments from the State Disaster Response Fund.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by advocate-cum-petitioner Gaurav Kumar Bansal, seeking ex-gratia compensation for the family members who died due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top court had directed the central government to issue simplified guidelines for the issuance of an official document relating to COVID-19 death to the family members of the deceased, who died due to coronavirus.

Bansal had moved the apex court, seeking a direction to the authorities concerned to provide an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh (notified in financial assistance) to the family members of the deceased, which, as per the MHA letter, Died due to COVID-19. View of section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The petitioner had sought immediate appropriate direction to the concerned authorities by the Central Government in its statute and rules to pay the financial help to the family members of the deceased, who succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First published:October 4, 2021, 2:51 pm

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