The SC instructed the Centre to frame regulations to pay ex-gratia remunerations to the familieswho died to Covid-19. A three-judge panel of the SC chaired by Justice Ashok Bhushan. In its decree, instructed the NDMA to affirm an ex-gratia amount paid to the family members of the deceased.
The SC hearing pleas seeking orders to the Centre to furnish ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh each. To families of individuals who lost their lives to Covid-19.
The Centre stated the remuneration not paid it exhaust the disaster relief funds. And the disaster management law edicts that relief applies only to natural calamities.
“If ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh given for every individual loses life due to Covid-19. The total amount of SDRF spent on this event alone. And indeed the total expenditure may escalate,” the Centre said in a 183-page affidavit. It also added that rejecting compensation for infections other than Covid would be “discriminatory”.
The Centre also explained growth in health expenses and low tax revenue. It is beyond states’ budget to pay remunerations for lakhs of Covid sufferers.
If the total SDRF funds get exhausted on ex-gratia for Covid-19 sufferers, the States may not have adequate funds. For arranging Covid-19 immune response, for supplying of various essential medical and other supplies. Or to administrate of other catastrophe like cyclones, floods, etc. The payment of ex-gratia to all dead persons due to Covid-19, is beyond the commercial affordability of the State governments.
The Centre mentioned the Sc of its earlier judgment to restrict from executive policies and said the judiciary cannot choose on behalf of the centre. The SC will hear the case on Monday.
“It established through numerous verdicts of the SC that this subject which functioned by the management, it entrusted and not one the court alternate its own judgement for the determination judged by the executive,” the government reportedly said.
The Centre mentioned that all coronavirus deaths, regardless of where it occurred, should logged as Covid-19 deaths. The Centre also committed measures against those experts who fail to abide with this rule.
The report stated that so far, only deaths of Covid-19 victims that happened in the hospitals were certified as Covid deaths. While those that happened at home or even at hospital parking lots, heading to an inconsistency in toll numbers.
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