The SC has ordered the states to pay compensation to Covid-19 victim's families
In a previous ruling, the Supreme Court ordered all state governments and union territories to designate specific nodal officers to work with the member secretary of the state legal service authority (SLSA) to enable the payment of ex gratia compensation to COVID-19 victim families. The state governments were also told to provide complete information, including name, address, and death certificates to the relevant SLSA, as well as complete information on orphans, by a bench made up of Justices M R Shah and B V Nagarathna. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a directive requiring all states and union territories to immediately ensure that compensation is paid to the families of COVID-19 victims. The SC has ordered the states to pay compensation to Covid-19 victims' families. If any claimant has a problem regarding the non-payment of compensation or the rejection of their claim, they may contact the relevant grievance redressal body, according to a bench of Justices M R Shah and B V Nagarathna.
The Bench declared that no application for compensation submitted by the family of Covid-19 victims could be denied based on a technicality. "We terminate the proceedings while asking all the states to ensure that the compensation due under our previous judgement is provided to eligible persons without wasting any time," the bench added. "If any claimant has any issue, they may contact the respective grievance redressal body." The Andhra Pradesh government had been given a "final chance" to respond to a complaint that the state had transferred money from the SDRF to personal bank accounts. The top court had previously stopped the state government from doing so and given it notice in the case.
For petitioner Palla Srinivasa Rao, attorney Gaurav Bansal claimed that Andhra Pradesh had transferred money from the State Disaster Response Force to individual deposit accounts, which was against the terms of the Disaster Management Act. He had claimed that the state government was improperly using the State Disaster Response Force monies for reasons other than those allowed by Section 46 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. This section deals with The National Disaster Response Fund shall be made available to the National Executive Committee to be applied towards meeting the expenses for emergency response, relief and rehabilitation by the guidelines laid down by the Central Government in consultation with the National Authority.
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