Assistance from the State Disaster Response Fund; Affidavit of the Center in the Supreme Court
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended Rs 50,000 assistance to the heirs of the victims. The Center on Wednesday informed the apex court that the assistance would be provided from the state disaster response fund.
The apex court had on June 30 directed the NDMA to issue guidelines for providing assistance to the heirs of those who died due to corona. Accordingly, NDMA has issued guidelines on September 11. It recommends Rs 50,000 to the heirs of those who died due to corona.
The central government has said that relatives of those killed in the Corona Relief and Prevention Corona Prevention will also benefit if they die. The Center has said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that the virus will continue to die along with the first and second wave of coronaviruses.
These funds will be distributed by the District Disaster Management Authority / District Administration. The heirs of the victim can claim the grant by filling up an application submitted by the state authority. However, for this, along with the death certificate stating the cause of death as ‘Kovid-19’, other documents have to be completed. The funds will be credited directly to the bank account within 30 days after the submission of the application along with all the required documents.
According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the financial assistance will be given only if the cause of death is stated as ‘Kovid-19’. The Central Government also clarified in the court that the entire process of application, verification, approval and allocation of funds would be facilitated by the District Disaster Management Authority.
Death Certificate Challenge
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Medical Research Council of India, death due to ‘Covid-19′ should be mentioned on the death certificate. This is going to be a major condition for claiming the relief fund. Obtaining such death certificates would be a challenge for many of the victims’ families. Moreover, there is a fear of being deprived of family support if it is not mentioned. In such a situation, the role of district level committees for redressal of grievances regarding death certificate will be important.
Total 4, 45,768 crore
The total number of victims in the country has reached 4,45,768. Despite the daily decline in the number of patients and deaths in the country, the situation in Kerala is still worrisome. In the last 24 hours, 383 patients died across the country. This includes 214 patients from Kerala.