Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Bihar Chief Secretary acts in compliance with Supreme Court's order in covid death compensation case

Bihar's Department of Disaster Management has issued an Important Notice on 26 January in compliance with Supreme Court's order dated 29 January, 2022. This Important Notice has been issued in the matter of disbursal of COVID-19 death claims after Supreme Court summoned Bihar chief secretary at 2PM on 19th January, 2022. The Court had pulled up the state government for failing to disburse claims to the next of kin of COVID-19 victims. The Court had asked why the disbursals of ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for COVID-19 death are less. 

(Important Notice of Department of Disaster, Government of Bihar) 

A bench of Justices MR Shah and Sanjiv Khanna had observed that it rejects the COVID-19 death toll given by Bihar, and said that these are not actual figures but government figures. “We are not going to believe that only 12,000 people died in the state of Bihar due to Covid. We want your chief secretary to be here virtually at 2 PM”, the bench told the counsel appearing for the Bihar government. The Court was hearing a batch of pleas by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal and intervenors represented by advocate Sumeer Sodhi seeking ex-gratia assistance to family members of COVID-19 victims. 

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