India to pay $674 compensation for every Covid-19 death

India to pay $674 compensation for every Covid-19 death
India has officially recorded more than 447,000 Covid-19 deaths so far. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: India’s Supreme Court has approved the government’s decision to pay 50,000 rupees, equivalent to $674, as compensation for every death due to Covid-19.

The country’s top court’s order followed a petition by lawyers seeking the money under India’s disaster management laws.

India has officially recorded more than 447,000 deaths due to Covid-19 so far.

However, experts believe that up to 10 times more people could have died in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Experts estimated the Covid deaths after examining excess deaths – a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected compared to the previous few years.

On Monday, supreme court Justice MR Shah said the “next of kith and kin of the deceased person” shall be paid this compensation. The justice said, this would be “over and above the amounts paid by the centre and state under various benevolent schemes”.

The compensation should be paid within 30 days after a family submits an application, the court added.

In June, petitioners sought the country’s top court’s intervention in paying compensation to the families of Covid-19 victims.

They said since coronavirus was “specially” notified as a disaster under India’s National Disaster Management Act, compensation should be paid to the victims.

The 2005 law was enacted for efficient management of disasters, including capacity-building, preparation of mitigation strategies and compensation for lost lives, injuries and damaged properties.

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