Covid-19 ex gratia paid to relatives of 23,652 victims: Kerala tells SC

B Balagopal

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New Delhi: The state government has filed a status report in the Supreme Court stating that it has paid Rs 50,000 each to the relatives of 23,652 Covid-19 victims. The report pointed out that all the applications received till January 5 in this regard have been settled.

As many as 49,300 people died of Covid-19 in the state as of January 10. Of these, relatives of 27,274 people applied for compensation. After examining these, 178 applications were rejected and 891 applications were returned.

Earlier, an apex court bench headed by Justice MR Shah had viewed that the state is lagging in providing compensation for Covid-19 deaths. Following this, the state government informed the court that it had disseminated information through various media regarding the distribution of compensation.

Standing Counsel Nishe Rajan Shonker filed the state government's status report in court.

Meantime, the application received for compensation is up to nine times higher than official Covid-19 death figures in various state governments.

In Gujarat, the official death toll was 10,094. But 89,633 applications were received for compensation. The state government has already paid compensation to 68,370 people.

According to government figures, 3,993 people have died of Covid-19 In Telangana. But 29,000 applications were received for compensation and the state government informed the apex court that compensation had been handed over to 15,270 of them. In Maharashtra, the state government received 2,13,890 applications for compensation while official figures of death stood at 1,41,737.

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