New Delhi: The Central Government has filed a reply in the Supreme Court on a petition requesting to give Rs 4 lakh assistance to the families of those who lost their lives due to Coronavirus infection across the country. Filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, the central government said that it cannot give compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives due to the pandemic.
According to reports, the Center has said that the compensation of Rs 4 lakh cannot be given to the victims of Covid-19 as the Disaster Management Act provides for compensation only for natural calamities like earthquake, flood etc. The government further said that it would be completely wrong if the amount of compensation is given on death due to one disease and not on the other.
Meanwhile, “Rs 4” started trending on Twitter as the user sharply criticised the Centre’s stand. A Twitter Shalini Talwar wrote: “Can’t Give Rs 4 Lakh For Covid Victims, Centre Tells Supreme Court. But the government can spend crores in building BJP houses, Parliament, PM house useless government.”
Can’t Give Rs 4 Lakh For Covid Victims, Centre Tells Supreme Court.
But the government can spend crores in building BJP houses, Parliament ,PM house useless government. pic.twitter.com/BY4sP0DtZh
— shalini talwar (@shalinit_6) June 20, 2021
Condemning the Centre’s stand, another user wrote: “”Rs 4″ Lakhs can’t be given to family members of deceased who died due to Covid- Centre to SC. Why 20000 crores worth Central Vista is being built- People to Modi Govt But 2nd one is essential, not 1st one a/c to Modi Govt!”
1. “Rs 4” Lakhs can’t be given to family members of deceased who died due to Covid- Centre to SC
2. Why 20000 crores worth Central Vista is being built- People to Modi Govt
— Abhi yodha (@abhi_yodha) June 20, 2021
In the affidavit, the Center said that the payment of compensation to all the corona victims is beyond the financial capacity of the states. The Supreme Court is hearing a petition in this regard. In the petition, the Center and the states have been requested to give an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who lost their lives due to infection under the Disaster Management Act 2005. The Supreme Court will hear the matter on Monday.
The Central government, in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, said that it would not be appropriate to implement compensation for natural calamities due to the spread and impact of Corona. It cannot be applied to the corona pandemic. The Center and states are already under severe financial pressure due to a reduction in tax revenue and an increase in health expenditure. The use of resources to provide ex-gratia could impact pandemic action and health expenditure. Instead of doing good, it can cause harm. The pandemic has caused over 3,85,000 deaths which are likely to increase further.