Tripura has reported 329 COVID-19 related deaths so far

Agartala: Five months after Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced to compensate the families of those who succumbed due to novel coronavirus, Tripura government has directed all eight district magistrates to prepare the list of eligible families and send the supporting documents to the chief minister office for examination and sanctioning of ex-gratia grant.

The special secretary Dr P K Goyal has issued a letter to all district magistrates asking them to ensure the disbursement of grants or relief after approval by the chief minister’s secretariat to the appropriate beneficiaries and send utilisation certificate of such payment to the chief minister’s office.

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On May 7, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had announced a compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh for the family members of those who died fighting coronavirus.

“The state government would provide an amount of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the frontline workers, in case of deaths, including doctors, nurses, health workers, paramedics, police personnel, journalists, sweeping staffers, ICP staffers, Asha workers, civil administration officials and line departments along with all citizens,” Deb said.

“In the event of any death caused due to COVID-19, the families of the deceased person will get ex-gratia amounting to Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) amounting to Rs 6 lakh and Rs 4 lakh respectively. The fund of SDRF would be released by the revenue department as and when funds are available and if the case is found eligible for the relief,” the letter reads.

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The state has formed a guideline for providing relief to the kin of those who have died due to COVID-19.

According to the guidelines, the relief grant is admissible for the cases where the main cause of death is COVID-19 and for deaths in Tripura only.

The people who come under the insurance coverage of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance scheme for Health workers fighting COVID-19 will be excluded from getting benefit of this grant. In the event of death of an individual other than a permanent resident of Tripura and resident of Tripura outside the state will be excluded for getting this grant.

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The relief grant of Rs 6 lakh will be placed to the concerned district magistrate & collector in two phases of Rs 3 lakh in each phase for disbursement to the family, survivor of the deceased. The district magistrates would send the utilization certificate of such payment to the chief minister’s secretariat.

Earlier, in August the Tripura government announced that the compensation to the families of the deceased would be made in three phases divided into two installments of Rs 3 lakh each and one of Rs 4 lakh.

The letter also cited that priority would be given to the AAY & Priority house hold card holders in providing relief.

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However, the Tripura government has clarified that the grant of relief will be considered only for the death cases due to COVID-19 up to 31st December next.

Meanwhile, Tripura has registered a total of 329 deaths with 135 positive cases out of 2,180 samples tested on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 media bulletin informed that presently 2,343 persons are under treatment, while 26,990 persons have recovered out of the total 29,688 positive cases.

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