NEW DELHI: The SC (Supreme Court ) on Thursday appreciated the Centre’s step to grant ex-gratia assistance. They made this provision for the kin of those who who lost their lives due to Covid . Also it said that no other country has managed to do what India has done.
“We are happy that there will be some solace to the persons who have suffered. It will wipe the tears of many families. We must take judicial notice of the fact despite so many problems of population and overpopulation. What India has done, no other country has been able to do,” the SC bench said during the hearing.
The top court was hearing a batch of pleas filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal. Some intervenors who lost their family members to Covid-19.
A bench of Justices MR Shah and AS Bopanna in SC, took on record two affidavits filed by the Centre. They said it will pass orders on October 4 with some directions, authorising the grievance redressal committees at district level to call for hospital records of the deceased, in case of any dispute over issuance of death certificate.
Center informs SC
The Centre had on Wednesday told the SC that it has fixed ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 . This was for the kin of each of those who died of Covid-19. It had also informed the apex court that they will the kin of the deceased will be entitled to the ex-gratia subject to cause of death being certified as Covid-19 as per the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). This was great gesture .
While referring to AIIMS director Randeep Gulleria’s statement that the third wave of Covid is over, the SC (Supreme Court ) said that such statements should not be made as people might not adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour. Image credits :Wikipedia