COVID-19: Congress leader approaches TS HC, seeks Rs 50k for kins of 1.2L victims

All India Congress Committee spokesperson Dr. Dasoju Shravan has filed a PIL in Telangana High Court seeking directions to appoint a death audit committee so that kins of 1.2 lakh people who died of COVID get Rs 50,000 compensation.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  12 Nov 2021 7:02 AM GMT
COVID-19: Congress leader approaches TS HC, seeks Rs 50k for kins of 1.2L victims

Hyderabad: All India Congress Committee spokesperson Dr. Dasoju Shravan has filed a PIL in Telangana High Court seeking directions to appoint a death audit committee so that kins of 1.2 lakh people who died of COVID get Rs 50,000 compensation.

"The government estimates that only 3,912 people have died from Covid19 including the first and second wave, giving the impression that there is no actual Covid pandemic in the state. But there is clear information that about 1.20 lakh people died. As per the Supreme Court orders, the central government has announced assistance of Rs 50,000 to the families of the Covid victims," he said.

Dr. Dasoju said according to the Telangana government, only 3912 people succumbed to the virus. "Nearly 1.2 lakh victims have died but the government puts the toll at 3912. And who will do justice to the rest? That is why justice must be done to all the victims. We need to set up a committee which can ascertain the actual number of deaths and can be compensated," he said.

Telangana Government's Revenue Department on November 9 2021 issued the guidelines for payment of ex-gratia to the kins of people who died of Covid-19.

"The government hereby accord permission to the district collectors of the state for providing an ex -gratia for an amount of Rs.50,000 / - [Rupees Fifty thousand only] to the next kin of the deceased persons who died due to COVID - 19 from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)," the government said.

"The actual number of Covid19 deaths in Telangana should come out if justice should be truly done to the families of the victims in the wake of the Supreme Court order on Covid financial assistance. The TRS government should go to great lengths to conduct a Covid death audit and reveal the actual deaths and bring justice to all the victims," the AICC spokesperson said.

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