The Supreme Court on Monday reserved verdict on the pleas looking for instructions that ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh be paid to the households of those that have died of COVID-19.
A particular trip bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah heard Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate S B Upadhyay and different attorneys for nearly two hours.
The high courtroom requested the events to file written submissions in three days and particularly directed the Centre to simplify the method of grant of loss of life certificates to the dependents of those that have died of COVID-19.
The Centre had earlier informed the highest courtroom that the ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh can’t be paid to the households of those that have died of COVID-19 because the funds of state governments and the Centre are underneath extreme pressure.
In an affidavit filed earlier than the highest courtroom, the Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned it has by the use of “Minimum Standard Relief” underneath part 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, taken a number of steps offering for substantial and speedy measures by the use of, improve within the well being, infrastructure, making certain meals security to each citizen.
Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, one of many petitioners within the matter, had argued that underneath part 12(iii) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, each household whose member died because of catastrophe is entitled for ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4,00,000.
He had argued that since COVID-19 has been declared as a catastrophe and as per the order dated April 8, 2015, each household whose member dies because of catastrophe is entitled for ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh.
The counsel, showing for an additional petitioner Reepak Kansal, had argued that a lot of deaths had been happening because of COVID-19 and loss of life certificates have to be issued, as solely after that the affected members of the family can declare compensation underneath part 12 (iii) of the Act.
In his plea, Mr Kansal has mentioned that states must be directed to fulfil their obligation to handle victims of COVID-19 and in addition their members of the family.