Lucknow, May 11 (ILNS): The Allahabad High Court has adjourned a PIL seeking directions to the Central and the state government for payment of ex-gratia compensation to the families of persons, who have lost their lives due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lucknow Division Bench of Justices Ritu Raj Awasthi and Manish Mathur yesterday heard the PIL filed by Dr Sandeep Pandey through Advocate Rajat Rajan Singh.
The court said: “List this case in the month of July. In the meantime, in case any decision in this regard is taken by the apex court or by this court at Allahabad, that may be brought on record.”
The petitioner in the PIL has prayed for ex-gratia compensation under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for persons, who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The petition also sought refund of cost of hospitalisation from the State Relief Fund.
Advocate Singh pointed out that Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act mandates payment of ex-gratia amount to the person affected by a disaster.
Counsel for the petitioner informed that after filing of the writ petition, he has come to know that the Supreme Court, in a suo motu matter vide order dated April 30, has suggested the Central government to consider the payment of compensation to the victims.
Additional Chief Standing Counsel HP Srivastava informed that the court at Allahabad is also dealing with a PIL, in which the issue pertaining to COVID-19 has been taken up. ILNS/AP/SS/RJ