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Government lays down guidelines for providing compensation for death due to Covid-19

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Government lays down guidelines for providing compensation for death due to Covid-19
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Government lays down guidelines for providing compensation for death due to Covid-19
Government lays down guidelines for providing compensation for death due to Covid-19

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha was informed on Friday that death certificates revealing coronavirus deaths, either already given prior to the implementation of government rules or as certified by district committees, will be considered legitimate documents for treating any death as “death due to Covid-19.”
In response to a question about whether the Supreme Court has ordered the government to compensate deceased Covid-19 victims, Minister of State for health Bharati Pravin Pawar said that the government, through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), has issued “Guidelines to provide for ex-gratia assistance to kin of the deceased by Covid-19” in accordance with the court’s June 30 judgement.
She added in a written response that the NDMA has recommended Rs 50,000 per deceased individual, including those involved in relief efforts or related with preparedness activities, if the cause of death is certified as Covid-19.
“The ex gratia assistance shall be provided by states from State Disaster Response Funds. This assistance is required to be disbursed within a period of 30 days from the date of submitting the application to the District Disaster Management Authority/ district administration concerned along with proof of death of the deceased due to Covid-19 and the cause of death certified as ‘died due to Covid-19′,” Pawar explained.
In addition, all states have been urged to establish a grievance resolution system for resolving concerns relating to ex gratia payment in the event of a dispute.
“Death certificates indicating Covid-19 deaths either already issued prior to coming into force of these guidelines or as ratified by district level committee shall be treated as valid document for considering any death as ‘death due to Covid-19’,” the minister added.
(With inputs from agencies)

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