The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– Jan 21, 2022; Day 219
Sign Up on PracticeMock for Free Tests, General Awareness, Current Affairs, Exam Notifications and Updates
Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Ex gratia As a favour; not compelled by legal right
Kin Related by blood
Succour Assistance in time of difficulty
Assertiveness behaving or speaking in a strong, confident way
Tardiness The quality or habit of not adhering to a correct or usual or expected time
Co-morbidities (medicine) the coexistence of two or more related medical conditions
Redress Act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
Rope in to persuade to take part in some activity
Quantum Amount, quantity or portion
Staggering So surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
ESIC_UDC_Free_Mock

Court and compensation: On ex gratia (As a favour; not compelled by legal right) to kin (Related by blood) of COVID-19 victims

The Supreme Court has done much to grant some succour (Assistance in time of difficulty) to the kin of COVID-19 victims

It took much persuasion by the Supreme Court and all its assertiveness (behaving or speaking in a strong, confident way) to get the Union government to agree last year to pay a token compensation of ₹50,000 to the families of each of those who were claimed by COVID-19. The time has now come for the Court to assert its authority once again to ensure that neither tardiness (The quality or habit of not adhering to a correct or usual or expected time) on the part of the States nor incorrect rejection of claims deprives genuine victims of their right to the ex gratia amount. In the latest hearing, the Court had to pull up a couple of States for not disbursing the amount fast enough and express concern about the high number of rejected claims. In the backdrop of reports that there has been significant under-reporting of deaths due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bench had passed orders some months ago to the effect that no person’s family shall be denied the benefit on the ground that the death certificate did not specify the cause of death as due to COVID-19. Early experience since the outbreak showed that many deaths were attributed to co-morbidities ((medicine) the coexistence of two or more related medical conditions) rather than to the infection itself. Also, many died after testing negative during hospitalisation or after their discharge. To address this situation, the Court directed that any death occurring within 30 days of a person testing positive, or being clinically determined to suffer from the infection, will be eligible for the ex gratia payment. In addition, the Court devised an appeal mechanism in the form of grievance redress (Act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil) committees at the district level.

Blog Monsoon sale 2024 new

In the latest order, the Bench, comprising Justice M.R. Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, has directed that if a claim has been rejected due to defects in application, the family must be given an opportunity to rectify the shortcoming and then be paid the compensation. Noting that in some cases, the number of claims is lower than the number of registered deaths, the Court has directed that officials reach out to the families on their own. It has extracted assurances from some States that claims that had been cleared but yet to be disbursed would be cleared as early as possible. Significantly, it has also mandated the disclosure of the reasons for rejection to the applicants so that they could either rectify errors or go on appeal to the committee to redress such grievances. In yet another bid to ensure that eligible families are not denied the benefit, the Court has roped in (to persuade to take part in some activity) the legal services authority in each State and district to ascertain whether compensation has been paid to the kin of everyone recorded as dead due to the pandemic in official records, and facilitate the payment if it is yet to be made. The Supreme Court has done much to grant some succour, low though the quantum (Amount, quantity or portion) may be in the light of the staggering (So surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm) impact the pandemic has had on lives and livelihoods, to millions of people.

ESIC_UDC_Free_Mock

Want to improve your vocabulary further? Download the Lists of Word-Meanings of Previous Months here.

    Free Mock Tests for the Upcoming Exams



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *