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Center said in the Supreme Court, considering giving 4 lakh compensation to the families of those who died of Corona

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New Delhi. The Center on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it is considering a plea seeking financial compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted Justices Ashok Bhushan and M.R. Shah said that the issue raised in the PILs is important and the government will file its reply in the matter.

Mehta said the government is considering a national policy. He sought two weeks’ time to file a reply in this regard.

The bench asked why two weeks were required, to which Mehta replied that the entire machinery was under some extra pressure due to preoccupation with other matters related to the management of Corona, due to which it took some time.

A lawyer appearing in the case said that death due to black fungus is also a result of covid, so the reason should be mentioned in the death certificate. On this, Mehta justified this and assured him that this aspect is also being looked into and a solution will be found.

After a brief hearing in the matter, the bench said, the Center has sought time to file its reply. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says the issues are being considered and a reply will be filed. Hence these petitions are being listed for June 21.

Two PILs were filed by advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Ripak Kansal, seeking the court’s intervention for payment of ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh to the families of the Covid victims.

On May 24, the court had sought a response from the Center on the plea and also asked it to state whether there is a uniform policy on issuance of death certificates, when the cause of death is Covid. The bench had said that sometimes the reasons given in the death certificate may be heart attack or lung failure, but it should be treated as death due to COVID-19.

Bansal has cited Section 12(3) of the Disaster Management Act (DMA), which provides for ex-gratia for the families of those killed during a notified calamity.

It has been said in the petition that Section 12 of the National Disaster Management Act provides for government compensation for the people who die in the disaster.

It is respectfully submitted that as per Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is the fundamental duty of the National Disaster Management Authority to provide minimum standards of relief to the persons affected by the disaster, the petition said.


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