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PIL in SC for compensation to next kin of COVID-19 victims.

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A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking adequate ex-gratia monetary compensation to the next of kin of all Indian citizens who succumb to COVID-19, especially for the financially weaker sections of society. The PIL, which is likely to come up for hearing in the coming days, also sought a direction to the Center as well as the state governments to formulate an appropriate ‘compensation plan’ to provide ex-gratia monetary compensation to the kin of essential/ healthcare workers who have succumbed to COVID-19.

It urged the court to seek a status report from the governments on the total number of COVID-19 related causalities and measures taken by the authorities for compensating the loss of life due to this disaster in the country as well as abroad.

The petition claimed that majority of the country’s population belongs to financially weaker sections of the society, wherein only one person is an earning member and the others in the family solely dependent on that income for their sustenance.

“The said citizens are also the tax payers of our country. In such a structure, whereby the death rate is only increasing at an alarming rate per day, it is imperative for the State to formulate appropriate guidelines, on compassionate grounds, for ex-gratia compensation to the families of the COVID-19 casualties, especially for the front-line workers such as doctors, nurses, paramedical staff etc., solely with the purpose of aiding the families for their basic survival and sustenance during this pandemic,” the plea said.

“Pertinently, the death of an Indian citizen not only impacts his/her own personal life, it affects the lives of all the members of the family who were dependent on the sole source of income. In the event of death of such a family member and while regarding the huge unemployment which COVID-19 has encompassed globally, the dependents are with no finances for survival,” the plea, filed by advocate Deepak Prakash, said.

It claimed that the death rate due to COVID-19 is exponentially increasing with each passing hour, especially in cases of front-line workers such as police officials, doctors, para medical staff, government employees, media reporters etc., thereby rendering the whole family of the deceased in an extremely vulnerable position.

“Till date COVID-19 has no cure/vaccine and has been declared as a notified ‘disaster’, thus, it is the duty of the State, on compassionate grounds, to provide relief to its citizens by adequately compensating the kin of the deceased in order to financially assist the families thereof, who are in an extremely vulnerable and helpless position, having suffered due to the outbreak of this deadly virus,” it said.

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Unending efforts of Yogi Adityanath government resulting in steady decline of Covid cases in UP

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Lucknow: Efforts rolled out in accordance with the policy of test, track and treat are getting satisfactory results in the state. Uttar Pradesh, on an average, is conducting tests between 2-2.5 lakh daily, and on the other hand there is a decline in new cases. Along with this, the number of people recovering and discharging is increasing rapidly.

Additional Chief Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad said 28,902 people have recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours. “There are currently 2,59,844 active cases in the state and the number of those who have recovered stands at 11,51,571,” Prasad told reporters.

Prasad said since April, when there were 3,10,783 active COVID-19 cases, the number of such cases have come down by over 51,000 as recoveries have increased.

Covid vaccination work is going on smoothly in the state. So far, 01 crore 32 lakh 55 thousand 955 vaccine doses have been administered. Continuous efforts have led to a reduction in vaccine wastage. This needs to be improved further. 68536 people in the age group of 18-44 have been vaccinated so far. The result of active participation of this age group is that vaccine wastage is only 0.39% in this category. It needs to be brought to zero.

Lucknow recorded a maximum of 1,865 fresh cases, followed by 1,303 new infections in Moradabad, 1,227 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 1,167 in Meerut, 1,057 in Budaun, 991 in Gorakhpur, 953 in Ghaziabad, 782 in Kanpur, 796 in Varanasi, a health bulletin issued here said.
So far, over 4.22 crore samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state, he said.

The UP government has started a campaign to conduct COVID-19 tests in 97,000 villages in the state. “The campaign for testing and screening has been started in 97,000 villages,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said while addressing a review meeting.

 

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