Families Of Covid Victims To Receive Rs 50,000 As Ex-Gratia Compensation From State Disaster Response Funds: Centre Informs SC

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Sep 2021 3:11pm

Families Of Covid Victims To Receive Rs 50,000 As Ex-Gratia Compensation From State Disaster Response Funds: Centre Informs SC

The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) will give Rs 50,000 to the families of Covid-19 victims, including those involved in relief operations, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Following orders from the Supreme Court, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) framed guidelines in this regard.

Families of individuals who died as a result of Covid-19 will have to file claims for compensation with their respective district's Disaster Management Office, along with a medical/death certificate stating "death due to corona."

The compensation will be paid not just for deaths that have already occurred, but also for those that will occur in the future, according to the Centre.

Covid-19, which was declared a disaster underneath the Disaster Management Act, has taken the lives of 4.46 lakh people in India so far.

On June 30, the Supreme Court directed the NDMA to frame guidelines for paying compensation to the kin of those who died as a result of the Covid-19, stating that the authority was legally obligated to provide minimum assistance, including ex-gratia, to the victims of the Covid-19.

Holding that the NDMA had failed to discharge its statutory obligation by failing to provide an ex-gratia amount, a Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan directed the NDMA to determine the ex-gratia amount to be paid to the family of each Covid victim within six weeks.

However, it has stated that it will not be appropriate for the court to order a specific amount to be paid.

On September 3, it expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in developing criteria for issuing death certificates to the families of Covid-19 victims.

The order came in response to PILs seeking Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia compensation for the family of individuals who died as a result of the Covid-19.

The Centre had opposed, claiming that due to limited resources, providing an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to family of Covid victims was not possible since it would hamper pandemic response in other ways, causing more harm than good. It also warned the court against entering the executive branch's area because it could have unexpected constitutional ramifications.

Tagged: State Disaster Response Fund   Supreme Court   National Disaster Management Authority   NDMA   SDRF   Disaster Management Act   Justice Ashok Bhushan   death certificates  
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