SC orders states to pay compensation to Covid-19 victim’s families

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday directed state governments and Union Territories to ensure family members of Covid-19 victims receive compensation without any delay, and the grievance redressal committee to decide on claims application within four weeks.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna said if any claimant has a grievance in connection with compensation, or with the rejection of the claim, then they should move the grievance redressal committee concerned.

The bench said it is closing the proceedings while directing all state governments to see that the compensation, as per the court`s previous order, should be paid to eligible persons without wasting any time. “If any claimant has any grievance, they may approach the concerned grievance redressal committee,” it said.

The top court made these observations while hearing a plea filed by petitioner-in-person advocate Gaurav Bansal, who contended that few claimants in Andhra Pradesh have not received compensation. Counsel representing the Andhra Pradesh government, however, informed the top court that as on the date of hearing, the compensation has been disbursed to them.

The top court also directed the grievance redressal committee to decide the application of the claimant within four weeks. The Supreme Court had directed that Rs 50,000 compensation should be given to the family of persons who succumbed to Covid, and this amount should be disbursed from the State Disaster Response Fund.