Complying with the Supreme Court’s direction, Arunachal Pradesh’s Disaster Management department on Saturday approved for grant of Rs 50,000 from the State Disaster Response Fund to the next of kin of those who passed away due to Covid-19.
A bench led by Justice MR Shah said this compensation, which will include past and future deaths related to the virus, will be over and above existing schemes of state governments and the Centre.
While ordering that the claims need to be settled within 30 days of the documents being submitted, the judges said no state government should deny the compensation on the ground that cause of death on the death certificate is not Covid-19. The compensation will be disbursed by state governments from their disaster relief funds.
“No state shall deny the Rs 50,000 benefit on the ground that cause of death in death certificate is not Covid-19. The district authorities will take remedial steps to have the cause of death corrected,” it ruled.
The Supreme Court gave direction to the MoH&FW to issue guidelines for issuance of death certificate/ official document stating the exact cause of death as ‘due to COVID19.’
Since the government has declared COVID19 pandemic as a national disaster, the kin of the deceased due to Covid-19 would get Rs 50,000 from the State Disaster Response Fund.
It is to be mentioned that Arunachal has recorded 280 deaths due to COVID19.
The guidelines of the NDMA insists that the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) would ensure that the process of claim, verification, sanction and the final disbursement of ex-gratia payment will be through a robust yet simple and people-friendly procedure; whereas the forms for claim shall be issued by the State Authority.
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