The Supreme Court today accepted the Centre’s argument that a compensation of Rs 50,000 would be given to the next of kin of those who died of coronavirus. The financial compensation – which would include past and future deaths related to the virus – would be provided in addition to the existing schemes launched by the state government, the bench said, adding that the claims need to be settled within 30 days of submission of documents.
A bench headed by Justice MR Shah said that no state government should deny compensation on the ground that the cause of death on the death certificate is not COVID-19.
“If the cause of death is not mentioned as COVID-19 in the death certificate, the aggrieved party may contact the concerned officials of the District Committee. Address and contact details of DDMA (District Disaster Management Authority) Awareness in all media Published in a week from today,” a bench, also comprising Justice AS Bopanna, said while passing the order.
In its last hearing, the Supreme Court had expressed satisfaction over the Centre’s Covid compensation scheme of Rs 50,000 for each past as well as future deaths. Compensation will be distributed by the state government from their disaster relief fund.
On June 30, the apex court had ordered the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame guidelines for financial compensation to the family members of persons who died due to coronavirus.
Following this, the Center had filed an affidavit before the apex court stating that it has recommended a compensation of Rs 50,000 for each person who died of COVID-19.