Chennai, Dec 7 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu government today issued
an order announcing an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 each to
the families of those who died of COVID in the State.
The amount will be paid from the State Disaster Response Fund
(SDRF), the Government Order (GO) issued by the Revenue and
Disaster Management Department said.
The ex-gratia will be paid to the kin of persons who have died
of COVID-19, including those involved in relief operations or
associated in preparedness activities, subject to the cause of
death being certified as COVID-19 as per guidelines jointly
issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Indian
Council of Medical Research on September 3 this year.
Expenditure on this item will be incurred from the SDRF fund
only, in strict compliance with the National Disaster Management
Authority guidelines issued on September 11, the GO said.
"This ex-gratia assistance will be applicable from the date of
first COVID-19 case reported in the country and will continue
till de-notification of COVID-19 as a disaster or till further
orders", it said.
However, those who have been given ex-gratia for COVID death
under the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund--frontline workers
(Rs.25 lakh), children who have lost both parents (Rs.five lakh)
and children who have lost one parent (Rs.three lakh), will be
excluded from this, the GO said.
The District Collectors should utilise the provisions available
to provide immediate relief to the victims of COVID-19.
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