Compensation will be given for every death caused by corona in the country. The Supreme Court has asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to fix the compensation amount and inform the states within 6 weeks. The court has held that it is the statutory duty of the government to compensate the people in such calamity. But how much will be the amount of compensation, the court has left it to the government to decide.
what is the matter
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of two lawyers Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Ripak Kansal. Both said that Section 12 of the National Disaster Management Act provides for government compensation for the people who die in the disaster. Last year, the Center had asked all the states to pay Rs 4 lakh as compensation to those who died of corona. This year it has not been done. The petitioners had also said that the dead were being taken directly from the hospital for the last rites. Neither his postmortem is done, nor is it written in the death certificate that the cause of death was corona. In such a situation, even if the compensation scheme is started, people will not be able to take advantage of it. A bench of Supreme Court Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah had issued notice to the central government on the matter on 24 May.
Center opposed compensation
In response to the petition, the Center said that in this financial year, Rs 22,184 crore has been given to the states in the disaster relief fund. A large part of this is being spent in fighting Corona. The Center has also announced a Prime Minister’s Poor Welfare Package of 1.75 lakh crore on its behalf. Apart from free ration to the poor, many things like giving direct money to old, disabled, disabled women, giving insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to 22.12 lakh frontline corona workers. It is very difficult financially to pay 4-4 lakh rupees for about 4 lakh deaths due to corona. If the states are forced to do this, then other essential functions of disaster management will be affected.
Supreme Court’s decision
In today’s decision, the Supreme Court has accepted the contention of the petitioners that Section 12 of the National Disaster Management Act provides for compensation for deaths due to national calamity. It is the legal responsibility of the NDMA to fix this compensation. This cannot be avoided by citing financial problems. The court has also accepted that at this time the central and state governments have to do many other important works from their limited resources. In such a situation, the court has made it clear that it will not decide the amount of compensation.
It has been said in the decision that the Central Government and NDMA should issue instructions to the states on compensation in 6 weeks based on the financial position and other factors. The court has also said that the cause of death should be clearly written in the death certificates of those who died of corona. The process of getting the certificate should be simplified and if the family has any complaint against the certificate issued earlier, then it should be resolved.
Black fungus will also be heard
The Supreme Court today also issued notice to the government on the demand of compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who died due to black fungus, white fungus and yellow fungus. Petitioner Ripak Kansal says that the main reason for these diseases is corona. Therefore, the government should also compensate for the death caused by them.