he Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who have died from Covid-19, and uniform policy on issuance of death certificates for people succumbing to the contagion.
The Top Court was hearing pleas seeking ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the families of deceased succumbing to Covid, as provisioned under the Disaster Management Act of 2005.
A vacation bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah asked the Centre to place before it the ICMR guidelines on issuance of death certificates for COVID-19 victims, saying there should be uniform policy for issuing such documents, Live Law reported.
Live Law quoted Justice Shah asking the Centre, “The certificates only mention some lung problem or infection. They don’t say anything about Corona. What are the guidelines? How will you identify them?”
The bench said unless there was a uniform policy for issuance of any official document or death certificate stating that the cause of death was Covid, the families of the victims would not be able to claim benefits of any compensation scheme, if given.
The bench listed the matter for June 11 and asked the Centre to file its reply within ten days.