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SC lauds Centre’s COVID-19 management; ‘very happy today, what India has done, no other country could do’

The Bench also praised the Union government granting ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 to the kin of those who lost their lives due to Covid.
 

SC lauds Centre's COVID-19 management; very happy today, what India has done, no other country could do-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 23, 2021, 5:17 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Thursday lauded the efforts of the Centre in Covid-19 management and said, “what India has done, no other country could do.”

The Bench also praised the Union government granting ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 to the kin of those who lost their lives due to Covid.

Justice MR Shah said, “Today we are very happy. There will be some solace to the persons who have suffered... Everything the government is performing. We're happy that something is being done to wipe out tears of the person who suffered.”

Despite such a large population, we as a country have done exceptionally well, he added.

To this Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta said, “India as a nation has responded really well.”

The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal and some intervenors who lost their family members to Covid-19.

The Bench comprising Justices Shah and AS Bopanna also appreciated India's response to coronavirus pandemic which drew intense scrutiny over thousands of deaths due to the lack of preparedness for the second wave and shortages of essentials like medical oxygen.

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"Given the size of our population, vaccine expenses, economic situation and the adverse circumstances that we faced... we took exemplary steps... No other country managed to do what India did," the judges said.

According to Live Law, on September 13, Justices Shah and AS Bopanna had asked the Union government to revisit its guidelines for determining Covid-19 deaths by including suicides as well.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended the amount also to those who succumbed to the virus while involved in relief operations and preparedness activities.

The financial aid would be given, provided that the cause of death is certified as Covid-19 as per guidelines brought out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on September 3.

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