Publicise ex-gratia for Covid deaths: SC to states
One-liner: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed states for not giving wide publicity about a portal developed for disbursal of ex-gratia compensation for Covid deaths.
Bench contention: A bench said unless wide publicity is given, people will not be able to know the portal address on which they can make an online application.
- The top court noted that some states have not given any wide publicity by giving full details of the portal in advertisements in newspapers, more particularly in vernacular language papers, and local channels
- The counsel for the Maharashtra govt stated that it has received approximately 84,000 applications, out of which, as of today, 8,000 applicants have been paid ex-gratia compensation
Background: The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to gather information from states on the progress made on disbursal of ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the kin of Covid victims.
- The court had also said that the ex-gratia is to be disbursed within 30 days from the date of applying to the district disaster management authority or the district administration concerned