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'Families of COVID Victims to Receive Rs. 50,000 as Ex- Gratia Compensation From State Disaster Response Funds': Centre Informs Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2021 8:08pm

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On September 22, 2021, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that the families of those who died as a result of COVID will receive Rs. 50,000 ex gratia from the state governments, in accordance with the Supreme Court's direction in the Judgement dated June 30th, 2021, in which the Court directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame guidelines for the grant of compensation to the dependents of those who died as a result of COVID.

"Ex gratia assistance to families affected by COVID 19 deaths will continue to be provided for deaths that may occur in future phases of the COVID 19 pandemic as well as until further notification," the affidavit states.

The Centre has also informed the Supreme Court that the amount per deceased person will include those who were involved in relief operations or who were involved in preparation activities, subject to the cause of death being certified as COVID 19. The guidelines issued by the MOHFW and ICMR on September 3, 2021 will govern the resolution of certification grievances.

States will pay the funds from the State Disaster Response Fund ("SDRF"). The DDMA/District Administration would also disburse ex gratia assistance to the deceased persons' next of kin, according to the affidavit.

"Concerned families will file claims using a form issued by the State Authority, along with specified documents such as a death certificate certifying the cause of death as COVID. The DDMA will ensure that the process of claim, verification, sanction, and final disbursement of… Continue Reading...


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