The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it would not be able to compensate the family of Covid-19 victims Rs. 4 lakh.

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According to news agency ANI, the Centre submitted an affidavit before the Supreme Court in response to petitions seeking compensation of Rs 4 lakh for family members of individuals who died of coronavirus illness (Covid-19).

The Centre filed an affidavit stating that it is unable to pay the compensation sum to the deceased's next of kin due to a large financial debt.

The Centre, on the other hand, stated that payments had already been made and that a host of government initiatives had been put in place to help the poor.

The Centre also claimed in its affidavit to the Supreme Court that the Union and the state governments had spent vast sums for the poor in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, and that their budgets are overstretched. The Centre filed the affidavit in response to a PIL seeking "minimal levels of compensation" and an ex-gratia payment to Covid-19, who died. According to a report in Bar and Bench, the petition was filed by lawyers Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepal Kansal, who cited Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, which states that the national authority must recommend guidelines for the minimum standards of relief to be provided to disaster victims.

On May 24, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre in response to petitions seeking a direction to the concerned authorities to provide ex gratia compensation of Rs. 4 lakhs to family members of those who died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) letter, following Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

source- Hindustan times

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