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The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a petition by two advocates seeking compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who have died of Covid-19 or related complications.
Provisions for Compensation for Death:
- The Centre has declared Covid-19 as a notified disaster under the Disaster Management Act.
- Section 12(iii) of the Act says the National Authority shall recommend guidelines for the minimum standards of relief to be provided to persons affected by disaster.
- The relief shall include ex gratia assistance on account of loss of life as also assistance on account of damage to houses and for restoration of means of livelihood.
- The Centre revises the relief amount from time to time. In 2015, the Disaster Management Division of the Home Ministry has notified relief as Rs 4 lakh per deceased person.
Source: Indian Express