Kovid’s death: Eligible for financial assistance, amount to be fixed within six weeks: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the government to provide financial assistance to the families of those killed in Kovid. The apex court said that the families of the victims of Kovid were also entitled to assistance under Section 12 of the National Disaster Management Act, similar to compensation for natural disasters.

The court ruled that the aid should be provided in accordance with this standard in the context in which Kovid also declared it a national disaster.

The apex court asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to prepare a standard for how much to pay. How much should be spent within six weeks and guidelines should be prepared for this. The petitioners had sought financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each. But this was opposed by the Center. However, the court ruled today that compensation should be paid.

The Central Government had said that if the compensation was paid under this Act, there would be a huge financial liability. At present, the official estimate is that about 3.5 million people have died from Kovid. The court also directed to simplify the death certificates of those who died due to Kovid. From the beginning, the central government had opposed the petition for financial assistance

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