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Supreme Court hears plea for compensation to families of Covid deceased, Centre to develop online portal within two weeks for claims

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The Supreme Court on Monday heard the matter regarding compensation for deaths caused due to corona. The Apex Court noted that there are many people who have lost their relatives due to COVID-19 pandemic and still do not know anything about the compensation plan.

The Apex Court suggested that there should be proper publicity for the purpose of  raising awareness about the compensation plan. The bench said,

“For this, the governments should give wide publicity and also create a system where people can claim compensation online.”

Upon such a suggestion from the bench, the central government assured the court  to develop such a platform. The central government submitted that an online portal will be developed within two weeks where compensations can be claimed for cases of death due to COVID-19.

“This model of the central government to provide compensation for  the deaths  due COVID-19 should be adopted by all the states as well,” the bench added.

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The petitioner Gaurav Bansal submitted that the issuance of certificates for compensation for death due to Covid-19 has already been announced by the Supreme Court, but the Gujarat government has formed a new committee to issue certificates to those who died of Covid-19 and the compensation will be provided only after that newly formed committee issues the certificate. A petition has been filed against this in the Supreme Court.

In the present matter, the petition has been filed by one Gaurav Bansal in the Supreme Court regarding the difficulties being faced by the people of Gujarat in the matter of getting compensation to the relatives on the death due to Corona. The matter is now listed on December 6 for further hearing.

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