The COVID-19 pandemic claimed many lives and rendered a lot of people jobless. People lost their loved ones to the virus, which crippled them emotionally and financially. Some families ended up loosing their sole bread-winner. In such strenuous times, a country’s government must support the people at least financially.
On 30th of June, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot shy away from its obligations. It must fix a compensation amount to be paid to the kin of those who lost their lives to the novel Coronavirus. The Centre announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for each family that lost an essential member after being prodded by the SC.
Ex-gratia: A sort of financial aid/compensation provided to those severely affected. It is a moral obligation rather than legal requirement.
The Supreme Court initially rejected the petitioner’s demand of giving out Rs. 4 lakhs each as ex-gratia payments. The SC then asked National Disaster Management Authority to determine an amount within 6 weeks. NDMA asked for extensions several times which resulted in deadline extension from weeks to months. On Wednesday this week, the centre finally announced final ex-gratia amount of Rs.50,000.
Those who are eligible will only receive the relief amount. Claimants will have to submit an application first in order to receive it. The District Disaster Management Authority is responsible dispensing the relief fund.
Stata wise ex-gratia obligations:
Maharashtra recorded the most number of deaths (1,38,616) which means that the state will have to dispense 693 crores(approx) in ex-gratia. Karnataka recorded the second highest deaths (37,648). The state will have to dispense 188.2 crores(approx) going by the Rs. 50,000 per family limit set by centre.
Tamil Nadu must extend 176 crores(approx) to its affected citizens as the state recorded 35,379 deaths. Delhi follows Tamil Nadu with an ex-gratia obligation of 125 crores(approx).
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