Guwahati: The government of Tripura has issued Rs 3.84 crore for the eight district magistrates to begin delivering compensation to families who have lost a loved one to Covid-19. The grant is part of a state scheme that will be in effect till December 31. However, the disbursal of funds hasn’t begun as yet as applications for compensation are still being submitted.
In May, the BJP-ruled government revised the compensation package for Covid deaths from Rs 4 lakh, as was initially announced, to Rs 10 lakh. The revision has been done after the state saw a spike in cases during the third phase of lockdown. Though the state hadn’t reported any casualties at the time, the government declared tests for all frontline medical staff.
Chief Minister Biplab Deb while announcing the amended package had assured a sum of Rs 10 lakh each in the event of the death of any frontline worker – doctors, nursing staff, health workers, paramedics, police personnel, journalists, sweepers, ICP staff, ASHA workers and those associated with the civil administration and line departments, as well as common citizens.