The Centre requires time until September to prepare criteria for ex-gratia payments to COVID-deceased people’s relatives

The Union government has approached the Supreme Court, requesting that it give the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) until September to develop universal criteria for the payout of ex-gratia aid to relatives of those who died as a result of COVID-19.

The Supreme Court had given NDMA 6 weeks to provide the recommendations on June 30.

The administration claimed that rushing the development of regulations would end in “undesirable outcomes.” The court stated that work on the suggestions was already underway.

The country’s top court had already criticized the NDMA, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for failing to carry out its mandate.

“The NDMA failed to meet its legal obligations… Ex gratia support for loss of life is one of the basic standards of assistance that must be granted to people impacted by disasters — in this example, the COVID-19 epidemic — as the Supreme Court noted in its 66-page decision.

The court, on the other hand, had delegated the task of determining the amount to NDMA, while taking into account the suggestions in the 15th Finance Commission Report as well as money needed for other reliefs and goals, such as COVID-19 readiness, mitigation, avoidance, and restoration.

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