COVID-19 deaths: Centre’s Rs 50K compensation offer to drain Kerala’s Disaster Relief Fund

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government will have to spend the whole amount left at the disposal of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) when the Central Government’s decision granting Rs 50,000 to the dependents of those who died of Covid is implemented.

In all 24,318 persons died due to COVID-19 in the state as per the official statistics until Friday, September 24. For giving them the said compensation, Rs 121.5 crore out of the remaining Rs 160 crore in the fund will be utilised.

If the names of those who were left out earlier from the list of dead are included as beneficiaries, a larger amount will have to be again found out for distribution.