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Punjab CM urges PM to disburse ex gratia to kin of Covid-19 victims

By Rajan Nath -- November 25, 2021 9:11 am -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement his previous order of disbursing an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of those who died of Covid-19, saying mere Rs 50,000 compensation is insufficient.

Charanjit Singh Channi also said that the Punjab government was ready to contribute its 25 percent share in the compensation.

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"Wrote letter to PM @narendramodi ji & urged him to implement his previous order of disbursing ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of those who died due to Covid19. I feel mere Rs 50,000 compensation is insufficient. My Govt. is ready to contribute our 25% share under this scheme," Channi said in a tweet.

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"We demand that the central government implements its earlier order notified on the date of March 14, 2020, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, where the government made a commitment to disburse ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh per deceased. The central government later revised this notification and reduced the ex-gratia payment to Rs 50,000. We feel at such time of distress it is imperative that special consideration should be made to fulfil the earlier commitment of Rs 4 lakhs by the government, " said the letter from the Chief Minister.

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The letter further added, "We understand that the SDRF norms require 75 percent of Rs 4 lakh, which is Rs 3 lakh to be paid by the central government and the remaining 25 percent, which is Rs 1 lakh, to be the share of the state. We commit to uphold the state share of Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia payment."

"The Congress party has two demands - Correct figures of COVID dead should be given, and Rs 4 lakh compensation should be given to the families who have lost their loved ones to COVID," Rahul Gandhi tweeted earlier.

-PTC News

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