State Government to pay compensation to families of covid victim: Centre to SC

In regard to the Supreme Court judgment dated 30th June, 2021 the Centre informed the Apex Court that the families of covid victims would receive ₹50,000 ex-gratia from the State Disaster Response Fund. This came after the judgment directed the NDMA to frame guidelines with regard to the families of covid victim.

The families have to submit their claims through a form issued by the State which should be attached with the death certificate caused due to COVID-19. It is further stated that the DDMA would ensure a smooth and people-friendly procedure for sanction of the ex-gratia. All the applications must be settled within 30 days of submission of claims.

A committee at the district level has also been constituted within the guidelines which would help in providing remedies to the grievances in regard to the death certificates. The committee is also required to record the reasons for not settling a claim in the claimant’s favour.

The bench comprising of Justices MR Shah and AS Bopanna observed certain issues which it asked the Centre to consider and reconsider as the case may be. The Court further asked the Centre to inform the Apex Court about the compliance of guidelines to be issued by the NDMA for determining the compensation.

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