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Centre has asked the Supreme Court to authorise an investigation into ‘false claims’ for Covid-19 compensation

The Centre notified the Supreme Court in its appeal that both the state and central governments had received allegations regarding the submission of fake/forged applications for Covid-19 compensation money. As a result, the Centre petitioned the court to enable an investigation into similar incidents.

The central government obtained court orders permitting any central agency to conduct a sample inspection to check the claimed papers processed by various state governments for the issuance of ex gratia payment and then take appropriate action.

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The Supreme Court issued a decision in June of last year declaring that families of individuals who died as a result of Covid-19 shall receive Rs 50,000 in compensation.

The Supreme Court stated earlier this month that it would not allow its mandate for quick payments to be abused. This arose when the solicitor general raised the subject of forged documents. The court stated that their ruling should not be abused by anybody since it amounts to denying a legitimate person’s claim.

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TIME LIMIT SET: CENTRE

Furthermore, the Centre has asked the Supreme Court to issue an order establishing a four-week time limit for filing compensation claims following the death of a family member in Covid-19.

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For individuals whose family members died during the second wave, applications filed before July 30 should be compensated; for fatalities after June, the government stated in its submission that the time restriction of four weeks following the death should be the cut-off for filing compensation claims.

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