Consider humanness over technicalities: Madras HC orders Govt to compensate kin of doctor who died due to COVID
Madurai: Holding that the authorities must not stick to technicalities and the claim must be considered with humanness, the Madras High Court directed the State and Union Government to consider claim that was earlier rejected due to lack of RT PCR test result and provide compensation to the wife of a doctor who died due to COVID.
The court was hearing the petition filed by the wife of a private doctor who passed away due to COVID. The petitioner approached the court seeking to provide compensation of Rs 50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance (PMGKP) Scheme for health workers fighting Covid-19.
"The entire world and particularly India, is facing an unprecedented situation due to the untimely attack of the Covid-19. It is the doctors and the frontline workers who in spite of knowing about the risk involved through exposure to this virus are selflessly and tirelessly working to save the lives of millions of citizens of this country. If not for the selfless services rendered by the doctors, a major population of this country would have been wiped out due to the deadly Covid-19."
" It is very clear from the 'CT-Chest COVID Screening Test' that the husband of the petitioner was afflicted with COVID-19. When such a clinching document is available, there is no requirement for insisting on the RTPCR Test result. In cases of this nature, the Authorities must not stick to technicalities and the claim must be considered with more humanness with the available documents which clearly substantiates the fact that the husband of the petitioner was suffering from COVID-19."