SC remarks over govt. to give Rs. 50k ex-gratia for COVID-19 deaths

September 23 (ANI): Central government’s decision to provide Rs. 50,000 as ex-gratia to families of those who died due to Covid-19 was applauded by The Supreme Court on Thursday. The court added that this decision will bring some relief to the people who have suffered.

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Justice MR Shah and Justice AS Bopanna said that no other country has been able to achieve what India has done and added that it should be taken under judicial notice. The bench said, “Today we are very happy. There will be some solace to the persons who have suffered. We are happy that something is being done to wipe out the tears of the person who suffered. We have to take judicial notice of the fact that what India has done, no other country could do. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Centre, said, “that situation in India is better than the foreign countries, since people abroad are agitating against masks and vaccines, and they are approaching Court saying it’s my life and I don’t wish to wear masks.”

Replying to what Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, the bench replied, “We have said this is an order also, it is not just your life. You have no right to play with the life of others.” The bench also added that, “that family members of people who die by suicide within 30 days from being diagnosed as COVID-19 positive are also entitled to ex-gratia compensation to be paid out of the State Disaster Relief Funds.”

The bench said that the appropriate orders will be passed on 4th October, while hearing the petition of Gaurav Kumar Bansal, a lawyer-cum-petitioner.

Supreme Court asked the Central Government to that it should issue guidelines for the issuance of the document relating to the deaths of the people by Covid-19.  Bansal asked for an ex-gratia monetary compensation of Rs. 4 Lakhs for the families of the deceased, who died due to covid, as per the letter issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, in view of the Section 12 of The Disaster Management Act, 2005. Bansal also asked to the authorities for an immediate directions to pay the relief money to the families of the deceased, who died due to covid.