LoP demands Assam govt to revise the Covid-19 death register immediately

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Congress leader Saikia also asked the state government to take up with the Centre for proper compensation to the families of Covid19 victims
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LoP demands Assam govt to revise the Covid-19 death register
CLP Leader Debabrata Saikia | file

Guwahati: The Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia has demanded the state government to revise the Covid-19 death register in the state with immediate effect.

In a letter to the chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday, the LoP alleged that negligence and inefficiency of the government during the first and second wave of the pandemic has cost several lives lost.

“In addition to that the government has gone to great lengths to hide the actual death numbers caused due to Covid19. We demand a detailed survey to create an authentic Covid19 death register so that all those excluded can rightfully access compensation,” Saikia said in the letter.

Congress leader Saikia also asked the state government to take up with the Centre for proper compensation to the families of Covid19 victims.

The letter said, “Families have lost their earning members and the out-of-pocket treatment expenses incurred in private hospitals during the pandemic have brought them to the streets. Families have lost all their savings and are in huge debts. At such difficult times, the meagre amount of Rs. 50,000 as ex-gratia compensation is insufficient. The central government has argued that giving 4 lakhs as compensation would leave the government with insufficient capital to deal with COVID-19 itself. We cannot understand how, the Central Government continues to collect taxes through rising petrol prices and provide tax relaxation to corporate, but can deny any such relief to the citizens.”

On September 11, 2021, the Central government submitted a detailed affidavit in Supreme Court mentioning that it will pay only Rs.50, 000 as ex gratia to the families of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic through the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Under the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) the compensation amount is shared by the Centre and State in 75%-25% respectively. He added, “We appreciate that the State Government has given ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2.5 Lakh. But we demand that steps to be taken with the Central Government to give the Central share of Rs. 3 Lakhs as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased so that it pushes the Central government to fulfillment of its commitment to the affected citizens.”

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