A plea by a Kerala resident, seeking for the formulation of a National Policy for uniform compensation to the families of deceased individuals due to COVID-19, was refused by the Supreme Court. A bench of Justices – Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy dismissed that petition due the fact that policy differs from state to state so as the compensation.
Advocate Deepak Prakash contented on behalf of petitioner that numerous doctors, paramedical staff, government servants, and sanitation workers are losing their lives due to pandemic and they are not getting equal compensation. He asked for a National Policy which would ensure uniform compensation throughout Indian subcontinent.
The petitioner claimed that most of the country’s population are weak in terms of finance where only one of the members is the sole earner of his/her family. And, the death of such individual will affect the lives of other family members as well.
The death rate is increasing at an alarming rate. The unemployment rate due to COVID-19 has hindered the economies globally.
In the present scenario, the dependants will have to survive with no financial help at their available to them.
Gayatri Vipul Lachke