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Punjab govt issues guidelines to release Ex-gratia assistance to heir sof people died of Covid-19

PUNJAB NEWSLINE | October 27, 2021 06:52 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has issued guidelines for the release of ex-gratia relief to the heirs of those died due to COVID-19.

Disclosing this here today Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Om Prakash Soni said that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the state government would provide Rs. 50,000 to the heirs of those Died due to Covid-19.

He also clarified here that the heirs of the Covid-19 deceased who have the certificate of cause of death from the hospital would submit the applications directly to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) of the district in which the Covid patient died.

Similarly the heirs of the victims of Covid-19 who do not have the death certificate ,specifying the cause of death,would submit the applications to the same committee constituted by the Punjab Government under the chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) of that district where covid pataint was died. The Punjab Government has already issued notification regarding the formation of these committees. As per the notification, Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) has been appointed as Chairperson, Civil Surgeon as Member Secretary and Assistant Civil Surgeon as Member Convener. Similarly, if there is any Government Medical College in the district, its Principal / Medical Superintendent and Head of Medicine Department has been included as a member and the in-charge Epidemiologist of Covid-19 Cell of the district has also been included as a member.

The committee will meet within 30 days of receiving the application and will be bound to take further action.

He also said that if any heir of the deceased does not agree with the reason of death mentioned in the certificate issued by the hospital, he can also apply for correction in the certificate on the basis of facts. In addition, if any person dies of Covid within 30 days of being confirmed to be covid positive, his heirs are also entitled to a grant.

He also said that if a Covid patient admitted to a hospital dies after 30 days of hospitalization, his heirs are also entitled to receive this assistance.

Soni also said that this assistance would be given only to the heirs of those died due to Covid 19 and if any person died due to suicide, accident, homicide, they would not get this assistance.

Capt Amarinder Singh's political life line-A war Hero, profound writer and politician

Capt Amarinder Singh is the man who lives for Punjab and loves people of Punjab. A nationalist, a war hero, politician, an acclaimed military and Sikh historian is a never say die man. Born on March 11, 1942, he has served in the Indian Army from 1963 to 1966. He served in the Sikh Regiment during 1965 India-Pak war.

He has written books on army and sikh history while leading people of Punjab in various capacities. His must read books are A Ridge Too Far, Lest We Forget, The Last Sunset: Rise and Fall of Lahore Durbar and The Sikhs in Britain: 150 years of Photographs. His life is sketched in his biography Captain Amarinder Singh: The People’s Maharaja, authored by Khuswant Singh.

Capt Amarinder Singh led Congress party in Punjab to win assembly elections in 2002 and 2017. He became 15th and 26th Chief Minister. First time from 26th February 2002 to 1st March 2007 (Five years) and second time from March 16 2017 to 18 September 2021(Four and half years).

He served as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on three occasions from 1999 to 2002, 2010 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017. He was Member, Standing Committee on Defence and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence from 1 Sep. 2014 - 23 Nov. 2016.

Capt Amarinder Singh was inducted into the Congress by late Rajiv Gandhi, who was his friend from school and in 1980, he won a seat in the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980 from Patiala. He was elected MP from Amritsar in 2014 for the second time when he defeated BJP stalwart Aurn Jaitely by over 1 lakh votes.

He was member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for five terms representing Patiala (Urban) thrice, Samana and Talwandi Sabo once each. In 1985 he contested from Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district on SAD ticket and remained minister agriculture minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1992 during the government of Surjit Singh Barnala from 29th September 1985 to 11th June 1987.

In 1984, he resigned from Parliament and from Congress as a protest against the Army action during Operation Blue Star. His sacrifice for the Sikh community put him among the front line Sikh leaders of state. At the same time he continued to maintain his image of a nationalist and champion of secular values.

He then joined Shiromani Akali Dal. In 1992 he broke away from the Akali Dal and formed a political group named Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) which later merged with the Congress in 1998.

He played long political inning with the only mission of serving Punjab and worked tirelessly to eradicate drugs, gangster culture, mafia rule from Punjab. He acted hard on accused of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. He succeeded in mission to large extent but some of his actions remained incomplete.

Capt Amarinder Singh developed differences with the Congress party high command over interference in the government matters and giving party's command to Navjot Sidhu. Subsequently on 18 September 2021, he resigned as the Chief Minister of Punjab.



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