Cannot pay Rs 4L compensation to COVID victims, Center told SC
The MHA has argued that unlike floods, earthquakes, cyclones, etc., during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of crore rupees have been spent by the Center and States on prevention, tests, treatment, quarantine, hospitalization, medication and vaccination, etc. it still continues. “It is not clear how much more is needed. So central and state governments are taking all possible measures to prevent and prepare for future waves of COVID-19,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit was filed in response to a PIL requesting “minimum standards of relief” and ex gratia payment to the deceased from Covid-19.
The Center pointed out that compensation of Rs 4 lakh cannot be paid to those who have succumbed to COVID-19, as the disaster management law requiring compensation only applies to natural disasters such as earthquakes. earth, floods, etc. appropriate to apply the aid scheme, eligible for natural disasters, epidemic, “added the MHA.
The MHA said that as part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana package announced in March 2020, the government provided insurance coverage of Rs 50 lakh per person. The MHA argued that this insurance coverage has been made available since the start of the pandemic and provides more than 12 times more than the sum requested in the brief request.