SC asks states to reach out to families, don't wait for them to file claims on Covid compensationtext_fields
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday emphasised that the governments should not wait for families who lost their loved ones to Covid-19 to file applications to claim compensation and directed the state governments to reach out to the families instead.
The bench told the Kerala government counsel to send out its officers to those families, where it has recorded a Covid death. "Officers must go to them. We don't have to tell you... Deaths already registered. They must be paid. Let your officers go to districts..." The Kerala government has recorded over 40,000 Covid deaths and it has received over 23,000 claims so far.
Justice Khanna noted that the gap between the Covid deaths recorded and the number of applications received, is a matter of serious concern.
The bench further noted that the number of applications seeking Covid compensation claims is less than registered death cases in many states, yet governments failed to take proactive steps.
The top court said it will take the help of the State Legal Services Authority to reach victim families for disbursement of compensation. The top court will pass the order later in the day.
Earlier in the day, the top court expressed discontent over the delay in payment of compensation to families of those who succumbed to Covid-19, and ordered personal appearance of chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar at 2 p.m Wednesday.
The top court was hearing a plea by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, where it is monitoring the disbursal of compensation to families of those who died due to Covid. The Supreme Court has approved the compensation of Rs 50,000 to victim families.