Bombay HC direct Maharashtra government not to keep any applications filed by  COVID-19 victims seeking ex-gratia compensation pending merely as they are not filed online

The Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government not to keep any applications filed by COVID-19 victims seeking ex-gratia compensation pending merely as they are not filed online.

Background 

The concern expressed by the petitioner in the writ petition is that ex gratia assistance of Rs.50,000/- is not being paid to the next of kin of victims of SARS-CoV-2 on the specious ground that the applications for assistance have not been filed online.

Court order

The division bench Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice V. G. Bisht called upon the respondents to file their respective reply-affidavits by 8th February, 2022; rejoinder thereto, if any, may be filed by 11th February, 2022.

As and by way of an interim measure, the court directed that the applications for assistance which have not been filed online may also be processed by the State Government in the same manner as online applications are being processed for extending assistance to the next of kin of victims of SARSCoV-2 and earnest endeavour ought to be made to ensure that the requisite assistance reaches the applicants as early as possible, however, on compliance with all other formalities by them. 

The court added that no application, filed physically, may be kept aside on the ground that it has not been filed online.

Case title: Prameya Welfare Foundation v/s State of Maharashtra & Ors. 

Citation: PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (L) NO. 305 OF 2022 

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