Supreme Court Directs Union To Take Appropriate Steps On Finance Commission's Recommendations For COVID Relief

1st July,2021


Supreme Court Directs Union To Take Appropriate Steps On Finance Commission's Recommendations For COVID Relief



The Supreme Court has guided the Union of India to make fitting strides on the proposals made by the Finance Commission in its XVth report with respect to federal retirement aide and government assistance measures in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. "We expectation and trust that the Union Government will consider the proposals made by the Finance Commission made in its XVth Finance Commission Report and take a proper choice in conference with different partners and the specialists", the Court noticed.

A bench containing Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah was managing two PILs which looked for Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia remuneration for the wards of the individuals who kicked the bucket because of COVID and COVID-related challenges. The applicants presented that the Finance Commission, an established body under Article 280 of the Constitution, in its XVth Report has proposed the Government of India to dispatch National Insurance Scheme for Disaster Related Deaths in India which won't just function as Social Protection Scheme yet will likewise not increment the managerial weight on the Government. It was likewise presented that the Commission has made different suggestions with respect to use of assets for calamity the executives.

The Central Government educated the Court that the distribution of assets to the National Disaster Response Fund and the State Disaster Response Funds are made based on different proposals made by the progressive Finance Commissions. The XV-Finance Commission in para 8.11 of Chapter 8 of its report for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26, while making distribution under NDRF and SDRF, has picked, to manage the issue of financing of Covid-19 pandemic. This report made suggestions for Disaster Risk Management, covering the period from 2021-2022 to 2025-2026, growing the extent of Disaster Management past the customary reaction and help capacities, to incorporate readiness, alleviation, recuperation and reproduction, as reflected in section 8 of the XVth Finance Commission's Report. The Center presented that this report of XVth Finance Commission alongside the Explanatory Memorandum was laid before the Parliament, as commanded under Article 281 of the Constitution of India.