Centre says SC that Compensation for Covid deaths will be given

Wed Sep 22 2021 20:38:25 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a petition pertaining to the issue of giving compensation to the family members of the Covid victims, who lost their lives to the pandemic. The Centre had filed an affidavit before the court in this regard.

In the affidavit, the union government had informed the Supreme Court that the kin of people who died of Covid would be given Rs 50,000 ex gratia and the amount will be given by the respective state governments from the Disaster Response Fund.

While the amount will be released from the state funds, the District Authorities will take care of the activities to see that the ex gratia reaches the concerned family members.

The union government told the Apex Court that the family members of the victims, who lost their lives due to Covid would be given compensation for the next phases as well. The compensation will be continued until further notice by the Centre, the government said.

To avail the ex gratia, the family members have to apply for the same using the dedicated forms. Along with the forms, the applicants have to attach the certificate by a doctor that says the reason for the death is Covid.