On Friday, the Central Government informed the Apex Court that it is actively taking into account the issue of compensation raised in two pleas that sought for relief for the kin and kith of the deceased that have succumbed to the current global crisis.
The Solicitor General of India Mr. Tushar Mehta observed such issues to be genuine and sought for some time to file and reply to sort the cases. The vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah assented to the request of the Solicitor General. The matter is to be heard on 21st June 2021.
Senior Advocate SB Upadhyay appearing on behalf of Advocate Reepak Kansal also put forth the issue of delay in issuance of Death Certificates and further contended that it is an important aspect for being eligible for compensation which requires proof that death took place due to COVID.
In a previous hearing the Court had asked the Central Government to develop a policy with regard to death certificates being issued to people that have died due to COVID. Directions to put forth before the Court all the schemes functional with regard to Section 12(3) of the Disaster Management Act on the aspect of ex gratia compensation to families of those who had succumbed to COVID-19 were given to the Central Government.
The Bench acknowledged the fact that issuance of death certificate was a necessary prerequisite for getting relief through compensation.