In Pune district, 18,956 families who lost one or more members to Govt-19 will get compensation of Rs 50,000 for each death. The process for disbursing this amount will begin this month.
Azim Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of Relief and Rehabilitation, told the Indian Express that the state government was preparing a software package for the families of the Kovit victims following the Supreme Court order. We are developing the software so that the affected families do not have to search for documents and other related matters. The process is fully online and there is no need to stand in line at government offices, ”he said.
Those living within the civil limits will receive compensation through their respective councils or institutions, Gupta added. “Similarly, those living in rural areas will receive compensation from the district councils.”
Once the system is set up, families must fill out application forms, attach a death certificate, and submit it to the civic or government office under which they reside or where the death occurred. “We are trying to ensure minimum paperwork and families are not stressed. Compensation will also be given to the families of the deceased who are not mentioned as Govt in the death certificate, but they should have been affected by Govt,” he said.
There are about 1.38 lakh deaths in Maharashtra. “I think we have to distribute over Rs 700 crore,” he said.
Last month, the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to pay ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the families of the Kovit victims. On Monday, the Supreme Court approved the Centre’s guidelines regarding the award of compensation. The guidelines state that the ex gratia must be paid to those who die at home or in the hospital within 30 days of the positive test. The families of Govt patients who died in suicide are also eligible for compensation.
When approached for comment, District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh said 18,956 citizens have been affected by Govt disease in Pune district since March 2020. Areas and rural areas of Pune district. We are waiting for the orders of the state government to start this process, ”he said.
Dr. Lakshman Kofen, Senior Medical Officer, PCMC, said, “More than 4,400 people have died due to Govt in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area. Some of the victims are from PCMC areas. So far, we have not provided any compensation to the affected families. .