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Covid Ex-Gratia : Supreme Court Directs States To Not Reject Claims on Technical Grounds
Covid Ex-Gratia : Supreme Court Directs States To Not Reject Claims on Technical Grounds
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New Delhi, Jan 20 (TIWN): Supreme Court of India has directed the States not to reject applications/claims of the kin/family members of persons who have succumbed to COVID-19 on technical grounds. The Apex Court further noted that wherever applications are rejected the States are duty bound to communicate the reason for the same to the concerned claimant and provide them opportunity for rectifying the application.

Hailing the efforts made by Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana — states in which the number of claim applications filed was multiple times the official Covid toll — the bench said a large number of people came forward and filed claim applications because of awareness of the scheme as the governments concerned gave wide publicity to it. “How can the number of claim applications be less than the official death figures. It’s because of lack of information among people and states have to take steps to disseminate information... State governments are not taking steps and we have to take the help of state and district legal services authorities to reach out to those families,” the court said, adding that states are not showing sensitivity in dealing with the issue to extend a helping hand to families, many of whom are in distress.

As reported by TOI on Tuesday, the number of Covid compensation claims received by some states far exceed their official count of deaths. As per the data compiled by Centre, the number of claim applications is less than the number of officially declared Covid deaths in some states, including Assam, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab and Rajasthan.

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