Minor Children Approach HC Seeking Compensation for the Death of their father due to oxygen shortage

On Friday, the Delhi High Court issued notice to Delhi and the Central government in a petition seeking implementation of compensation beneficiary schemes for families with minor children who lost primary breadwinners die to oxygen shortage during the Covid-19 second wave.

The Bench of Hon’ble Justice Amit Bansal issued notice to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

In the instant case, the petitioners are two minor children who lost their father to oxygen shortage in April at Jaipur Golden Hospital, Delhi.

As per the petition, even though the Delhi government and Centre announced various schemes to grant compensation to families where the sole earning member or family members had passed due to oxygen shortage, none of the schemes has been implemented.

A reference was made to schemes announced by CM Arvind Kejriwal providing Rs 50000 and PM Cares Relief for Orphaned Children in Covid-19.

It was stated that such provisions and announcements were just made on paper, and ground reality was much different. It was submitted that losing a sole earning member has a hazardous effect on children left behind, and their education also gets badly affected.

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The petitioners stated that their father became one of the victims that struck Jaipur Golden Hospital on intervening nights of 23rd June-24,2021, wherein 21 Covid patients lost their lives to oxygen shortage.

It was further stated that the High Court had issued a notice in another plea seeking CBI investigation and compensation for victims of this tragedy.

The next hearing in the case will be on 29th July 2021.

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