The Supreme Court on Monday approved a policy of ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of those who died. COVID-19.
A bench of Justices MR Shah and AS Bopanna said, “An amount of Rs 50,000 will be paid to the next of kin of the deceased and this will be over and above the amount paid by the Center and the state under various philanthropic schemes.”
The court said that the amount should be disbursed within 30 days of submission of the application. The court also said that the Covid-19 cases for the purposes of compensation shall be those where the victims tested positive in an outpatient clinic or inpatient facility within 30 days of the date of death.
The court said that unresolved COVID-19 cases, where the person dies in his home or hospital, will also be treated as COVID-19 death if any family member is satisfied that the cause of death is actually COVID-19. Was. It also ordered that no state shall deny the benefit of 50,000 on the ground that the cause of death is not shown as COVID in the death certificate.
If any member of the family has any grievance regarding the death certificate already issued, he can approach the Grievance Redressal Committee constituted by the states. These committees can examine the medical records of the deceased and call for compensation within 30 days. For this, if needed, she can get records from hospitals.
The court also asked the concerned authorities to publish the names of the beneficiaries in the print media.
Hearing two petitions filed by advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Ripak Kansal, the top court had asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to look into the question of providing ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased.
The court had also asked the government to frame simplified guidelines for issuance of official documents to their family members, which would also help them in getting the ex-gratia amount and, if required, issued by the municipal corporation or other authorities. Try to make corrections in the documents given. Death.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) jointly issued guidelines, stating that cases diagnosed through RT-PCR / Molecular Testing / Rapid Antigen Testing who have been diagnosed, or are medically determined by a doctor in a hospital or an inpatient facility, while one is admitted there, shall be recognized as a death of COVID.