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SC Expresses Satisfaction Over Centre’s Decision On Rs 50,000 Ex-Gratia For COVID Deaths

A bench consisting of Justices MR Shahand and Justice AS Bopanna orally observed that the Centre's decision would provide some much-needed solace to the individuals who have suffered.

Supreme Court to pronounce order on Pegasus Row (PTI Photo)
Supreme Court to pronounce order on Pegasus Row (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court expressed happiness on Thursday (September 22) with the Central Government’s move on providing ex gratia compensation to the kin of those who lost their lives due to COVID.

As per the guidelines framed by the National Disaster Management Authority, the ex-gratia compensation for deaths due to Covid-19 is fixed as Rs 50,000, which will be paid by the State governments from the State Disaster Response Fund.

A bench consisting of Justice AS Bopanna and Justices MR Shahand orally observed that the Centre’s decision would provide some much-needed solace to the individuals who have suffered.

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“Today we are very happy. There will be some solace to the persons who have suffered. Everything the Govt is performing… We’re happy that something is being done to wipe out tears of the person who suffered”, Justice Shah said.

“We have to take judicial notice of the fact that what India has done,no other country could do,” Shah added.

During today’s hearing, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also apprised the bench regarding the guidelines released by the National Disaster Management Authority to provide ex gratia compensation towards the kin of those who died due to coronavirus.

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“To ensure uniformity, we have decided that the States from SDRF will give 50,000 to the kin of the deceased who died due to COVID. We cannot repair the loss, but we can do something,” the SG added.