Congress slams Union govt for not paying compensation to kin of Covid victims

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticises the Narendra Modi government for not paying ex-gratia compensation to families of those who died of the coronavirus disease.

“It is impossible to valuate life, government’s compensation is only a small help, but the Modi government is not ready to even do that,” Gandhi tweets. “First the lack of treatment during the Covid pandemic and then the false figures and on top of that the government’s cruelty.”

The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that compensation of Rs 4 lakh cannot be paid to the families of those who have died of Covid-19 as the finances of central and state governments are under severe strain.

India reported 53,256 new coronavirus infections on Monday, taking its overall count of cases since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 2,99,35,221.

This is India’s lowest daily rise in cases in 88 days. The country’s toll rises by 1,422 to 3,88,135.