Supreme Court Seeks Data On Compensation Paid To Families Of Covid Dead

Court had stated no state shall deny compensation if demise certificates would not point out Covid as trigger. File

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court immediately requested the centre to assemble info from the states on the progress made on disbursal of compensation of Rs 50,000 to the households of COVID-19 victims and pulled up the Gujarat authorities for issuing a notification, constituting a scrutiny committee opposite to its instructions.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna, which sought to know from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta how many individuals have gotten the fee, stated he ought to accumulate the information from all of the states, and a grievance redressal committee needs to be arrange earlier than the following date of listening to on November 29.

The bench was listening to an software looking for quashing of the October 29 decision issued by the well being and household welfare division of the Gujarat authorities, forming a ‘COVID-19 demise ascertaining committee’.

At the outset, Mr Mehta, showing for the Gujarat authorities, stated that an amended decision has been issued underneath the court docket’s path of November 18 however it additionally wants some modification.

The bench stated it needs to know who has issued the primary notification and accountability must be fastened.

Mr Mehta stated he is able to take accountability.

Justice Shah requested why the Solicitor General ought to take the accountability. The officer involved, who has drafted the notification, should take the accountability, the decide stated.

Mr Mehta stated senior IAS officer Manoj Aggarwal of the State is linked to the digital listening to and he’ll help the court docket.

The bench requested Mr Aggarwal as to who had drafted the notification and whose brainchild was the doc.

Mr Aggarwal, who’s the Additional Chief Secretary, stated the file goes via totally different departments and at last the competent authority offers the approval.

The bench then requested on this case which is the competent authority. Mr Aggarwal replied it’s the Chief Minister.

“Your chief minister may not know many things? Mr Secretary, you are there for what? If this is your application of mind, then you don’t know anything. Do you understand our order? It appears to be a bureaucratic attempt to delay the proceedings,” the bench noticed.

Mr Mehta stated that there are real issues about faux claims being made and that is why a scrutiny committee was constituted to determine the claims.

The bench stated, “This court has never asked for the setting up of a scrutiny committee. It will take more than a year for genuine victims to get their claims and get a certificate from the scrutiny committee. Kin of victims are required to come with a certificate from hospitals but which hospital has been giving the certificate for COVID deaths.”

The bench stated that no less than 10,000 folks have died in response to the information of the state and simply because false claims are being made doesn’t imply the real individuals must undergo.

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