The supreme court of India has approved the government’s decision to pay 50,000 rupees ($674) as compensation for every death due to Covid-19.
However, the Supreme Court’s order followed a petition by the country’s lawyers seeking compensation under India’s disaster management laws.
India has officially recorded more than 447,000 Covid-19 deaths so far but experts believe that up to 10 times
more people could have died in the pandemic.
So, on Monday, October 4, Justice MR Shah said the “next of kith and kin of the deceased person” will receive
the payment of this compensation. This would be “over and above the amounts paid by the centre and state under
various benevolent schemes”, he said.
Furthermore, the court adds that the payment of the compensation will be within 30 days after a family submits an application.
The announcement comes after petitioners in June sought the court’s intervention in paying compensation to the families of Covid-19 victims.
They said since Covid-19 was “specially” notified as a disaster under India’s National Disaster Management Act,
payment of compensation will be to the victims.
Enacting the 2005 law for efficient management of disasters, including preparation of mitigation strategies,
capacity-building and compensation for lost lives, injuries, and damaged properties.
The law says monetary assistance of 400,000 rupees should be paid to families of people who
has lost their lives in a disaster.
According to the Indian government, the compensation will be paid “to the next of kin of the deceased
due to Covid-19, subject to cause of death being certified as Covid-19″ as per the guidelines.
The funds for this compensation will be provided by the states.
By Taiyelolu A