Shillong, Sep 14: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the scale of fatality during the second wave was so severe that many precious lives have been lost.
Replying to a cut motion during the Autumn Session, the Chief Minister informed that in order to assist the next of kin of the patients who succumbed to death due to Covid-19, the government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of the deceased under the Chief Ministerâ€™s Special Grant from April 1, 2021.
Sangma informed the House that the Deputy Commissioners are entrusted with the responsibility to compile and verify the authenticity of the cause of death.
â€œAfter due verification, the Deputy Commissioners recommend proposals for ex-gratia along with the detailed names and bank account of the next of kin of the deceased to the Chief Ministerâ€™s Secretariat,â€ Sangma said.
He said that upon receipt of the proposals with bank account details, the CMâ€™s Secretariat sanction the ex-gratia and transfers payment directly to the bank account of the next of kin.
Sangma said that during the period from April 1 upto September 13, a total of 1258 persons died due to Covid-19.
He said that of the 1258 deceased persons, ex gratia payment of Rs 50,000 has been made to the next of kin of 514 number amounting to Rs 2.57 crore leaving a balance number of 744 deceased in respect of which proposal and bank account details are awaited from the Deputy Commissioners.
â€œAs such, an anticipated liability of Rs 3.72 crore is pending as on September 13. This amount is likely to increase on a daily basis with an increasing number of daily deaths,â€ Sangma informed.