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Manipur High Court closes PIL seeking Covid-19 ex-gratia

The PIL was closed with the observation that the petition has been satisfactorily addressed by the authorities as the state government is duly following the policy framed by the National Disaster Management Authority with regard to payment of ex gratia of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of deceased Covid-19 victims.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 28 Apr 2022, 5:38 pm

(File Photo: IFP)
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The High Court of Manipur bench comprising Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar and Justice Lanusungkum Jamir on Wednesday closed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking direction to the state to pay ex-gratia assistance to the next of kin of the deceased who died due to COVID-19.

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The PIL was filed by Keisham Pradipkumar, former member of Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), seeking the direction in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management authority and to make publication without further delay in the interest of the people of Manipur.

The PIL was closed with the observation that the petition has been satisfactorily addressed by the authorities as the state government is duly following the policy framed by the National Disaster Management Authority with regard to payment of ex gratia of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of deceased Covid-19 victims.

During the hearing, the HC also put up the Supreme Court verdict regarding the Covid ex gratia of directing the state governments to make an endeavour to pay the compensation in relation to the pandemic within a time frame.

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It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had issued an order on October 4, 2021 to pay an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 to the next kin of those who died of COVID-19.

The Manipur government on March 9 re-announced an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of Covid victims. The re-announcement was made in continuation to government notification on December 16, 2021.

The ex-gratia will be provided after the cause of death is certified as ‘COVID-19 death’ from the Health department concerned or the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Committee.

 
 
 
 
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First published:27 Apr 2022, 3:54 pm

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