Odisha Govt to compensate those died by suicide after testing COVID positive

Bhubaneswar: Following the Supreme Court’s direction, Odisha Government will compensate families of those, who died of COVID-19 within 30 days of testing positive for the virus.

Speaking to mediapersons, Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Chief CBK Mohanty said a SOP will soon be made by the state Government to include kin of those, who died by suicide or by accident within 30 days of testing positive for the virus, for the compensation. The state’s overall COVID-19 toll may increase following the audit.

Those eligible for the compensation can apply to avail the benefit, he added.

Earlier the Centre in an affidavit filed before with the Supreme Court said the funds will be paid by the state Governments, sourced from their respective disaster response funds and will be channelised through the District Disaster Management Authority or the district administrations.

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The concerned families will submit their claims through a form issued by the state authorities along with specified documents, including those certifying the cause of death.

Earlier in June, the apex court had ruled that families of those who died from Covid should get financial compensation and gave the National Disaster Management Authority six weeks to decide on the amount and frame the required guidelines.

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