Central government teams have been dispatched to Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh for a random review of 5% of ex gratia claims from COVID-19, an official press release from the government said. government.
“The deployed teams will review the on-the-ground implementation of the Ex Gratia Payments in accordance with Supreme Court direction and guidance issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA),” the press release read.
The three-member team from Maharashtra will be led by Dr Sunil Gupta, senior consultant at the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC). Dr. P Ravindran, Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Calicut will lead the team in Kerala, while Dr. S Venkatesh, Senior Advisor at NCDC will lead the team in Gujarat. The three-member team in Andhra Pradesh will be led by Dr SK Singh, Director of NCDC.
“They should conduct a random review of 5% claims filed for the payment of pro gratia assistance. Teams should also check the process followed for the payment of pro gratia assistance, review details of cases that have been approved or rejected, including documentation/verification undertaken for the same by district authorities,” the government said.
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In light of the Supreme Court Order of March 24, 2022, it is emphasized that making a false claim and/or submitting a false certificate to receive ex gratia compensation is punishable under section 52 of the Disaster Management Act 2005. , the government said.
The press release adds that state governments will have to assist central government teams. “As per the Supreme Court’s order, state governments must assist these teams in conducting the review of claims applications and submit all necessary details of the respective claims that have been processed/addressed to the teams.”
The teams will then conduct the review, after which they will submit the report to the Department of Health and Family Welfare. It will then go to the Supreme Court, the government said.
(Edited by : Chloka Badkar)