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Maharashtra govt to give Rs 50,000 aid to kin of COVID-19 victims

09:34 PM Nov 26, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

The Maharashtra government has decided to give Rs 50,000 aid to kin or immediate relatives of people who lost their lives due to COVID-19, news agency ANI reported on Friday evening.

As of Friday, a total of 1,40,891 people have died due to the viral infection.

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State principal secretary of relief and rehabilitation, Aseem Gupta, had earlier told TOI that the Maharashtra government will soon start the process of disbursing financial assistance to pay ex-gratia to kin of COVID-19 victims. Gupta had said that the government was in the process of developing the system for disbursal.

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This comes after the the Centre in September, in an affidavit, recommended Rs 50,000 ex-gratia compensation to the families of COVID-19 victims, and the amount has to be distributed by states from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

The National Disaster Management Authority, in its guidelines for ex-gratia assistance to next of kin of Covid victims, had said: "The authority recommends an amount of Rs 50,000 per deceased person including those involved in relief operations or associated in preparedness activities, subject to cause of death being certified as Covid-19".

On the source of funds, the guidelines had said that "the ex-gratia assistance shall be provided by states from State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF)".

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