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Supreme Court: Kin of those who died of Covid-19 to get Rs 50,000

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  • The benefit will not be denied on the ground that Covid-19 has not been mentioned as cause of death, Supreme Court ordered

New Delhi: The families of all those who died of Covid-19 in India will get an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000. The Supreme Court has given its approval to the scheme proposed by the Centre.

The Apex Court was hearing an order seeking implementation of an order directing National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame guidelines for payment of ex-gratia compensation to Covid-19 victims.

The next in kin of the deceased will be paid Rs 50,000 “over and above the amounts paid by the Centre and state” under various schemes, the court ordered.

Furthermore, it said that the benefit would not be denied on the ground that the cause of death mentioned in the death certificate was not Covid-19. It also directed respective district authorities to arrange for correction of the cause of death.

The compensation will be paid from the State Disaster Relief Fund and must be disbursed within 30 days of application. The order will be continue to be applicable for deaths after the judgment date.

 

 

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