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Centre proposes Rs 50,000 compensation for COVID-19 deaths to be paid by states

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The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that those who died due to COVID-19 in the country will receive Rs 50,000 ex gratia from the state governments. The Centre has also clarified that the compensation will be also paid for future deaths due to the deadly virus.

The state governments will source the fund from their respective disaster response funds and the compensation will be channelised through the district disaster management authority or the district administration, the Union government said in an affidavit submitted to the apex court.

“Compensation will be given to families of even those deceased who were involved in Covid relief operations or associated in preparedness activities…The cause of death needs to be certified as COVID-19 in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines.”

The concerned families will submit their claims through a form issued by the state authorities along with specified documents, including those certifying the cause of death. The district disaster management authorities will ensure that the process of claim, verification, sanction, and disbursal is simple, robust, and people-friendly.

“All claims must be settled within 30 days of submission of the required documents, and disbursed through the Aadhaar-linked direct benefit transfer procedures,” the Centre’s affidavit said.

Grievances, if any, will be handled by district-level committees consisting of Additional District Collector, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Additional CMOH or the Principal or Head of Department of Medicine at a Medical College (if one existing the district), and a subject expert.

Deaths due to COVID-19

India’s death toll due to COVID-19 continues to surge with each passing day and over 300 deaths are reported on a daily basis in the country. On Tuesday, 383 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the Union health ministry. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 4,45,768.

 

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