Randeep Surjewala said no money for compensation to COVID19 victim families but ₹20,000 CR are being spent on Central Vista & a palace for PM.”
General Secretary, Indian National Congress, Randeep Surjewala on Sunday said that the Union government has lost all sense of balance and duty towards the people after telling the Supreme Court that it cannot pay Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia to COVID-19 victim families.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that a compensation of Rs 4 lakh cannot be provided to the families of those who died as a result of COVID-19 because it is beyond budgetary affordability, and the national and state governments’ resources are already stretched thin.
In a tweet, the Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Power-drunk Modi government has lost all sense of balance and responsibility towards people. In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the BJP government claims it doesn’t have money to pay even ₹4 lakh as ex gratia compensation to families of Covid victims.”
“Does Modi Govt even feel the pain & suffering? No money for compensation to #COVID19 victim families but ₹20,000 CR are being spent on Central Vista & a palace for PM. And where are the ₹3,89,662 CR collected in the year 2020-21 from the loot in prices of Petrol-Diesel?” Randeep Surjewala asked.
The Ministry of Home Affairs stated in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court that the Centre has taken several steps to provide “Minimum Standard Relief” under section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, including increasing health, infrastructure, and ensuring food safety to every citizen.
The Centre told the Supreme Court on June 11 that the problems stated in the petitions, which sought ex gratia payments of Rs 4,00,000 to the families of individuals who died of COVID-19, are “genuine” and are being considered by the government.
On May 24, the Supreme Court requested the Centre’s response to two petitions seeking Rs 4 lakh in compensation for the relatives of COVID-19 victims, and stated that there should be a standard procedure for providing death certificates to individuals who succumb to the virus.