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Supreme Court seeks Center’s response on 4 lakh rupees for each Covid victim | India News

NEW DELHI: A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah asked Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati to submit the Center’s response within 10 days to two PILs, presented by advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepak Kansal, seeking urgent intervention from the SC for payment 4 lakh rupees ex-gratia amount to the families of Covid victims.
With the Covid toll crossing the three lakh mark, the stipulated compensation of Rs 4 lakh to each victim’s family would generate a bill of Rs 12,000 crore which would have to be settled with the National and State Disaster Relief Funds.
The court was informed by the petitioners and lead advocate SB Upadhyay that although it is common knowledge that although three lakh of deaths are attributed to Covid, death certificates generally mention cardiac arrest, lung problem or other comorbidities as the cause. death, in which case, they would not be entitled to compensation under the DM Law.
“Is there a uniform policy on issuing death certificates to relatives of patients who succumb to Covid? Death can be attributed to various reasons. States say they follow ICMR guidelines. Suppose some plan for payment ex gratia to the relatives of the victims of the Covid float, how (governments) plan to provide the benefit without registering the deaths caused by Covid. They may have died for various reasons, which could have been caused by Covid, “said the Bank.
The court in its order took note of the petitioners’ assertion that the Ministry of the Interior had notified on April 8, 2015 under the DM Law about the payment of compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of each person who dies from a national disaster. Since the pandemic has been notified as a national disaster under the DM Law, the relatives of Covid victims must obtain the stipulated compensation, the petitioners argued.
The bank said, “ASG Aishwarya Bhati seeks time to obtain instructions and bring all relevant materials regarding the scheme under Section 12 (iii) of the Disaster Management Act of 2005, as well as the letter of April 8, 2015 Policies or guidelines related to the issuance of death certificates with respect to patients who were infected with Covid19, may also be included in the registry, including guidelines issued by the ICMR. As requested, a time limit of 10 is granted. days to the ASG to present a counter-affidavit. ” He listed the matter for an additional hearing on May 11.

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