CM Arvind Kejriwal had launched the scheme on July 6 this year. The verification of the cases picked up speed after chief secretary Vijay Dev recently directed senior officials to monitor the scheme and ensure the verification in all cases applied was done at the earliest. Sanjeev Khirwar, who is both principal revenue secretary and divisional commissioner, is monitoring the implementation of the scheme.
Earlier, Delhi high court had directed Delhi government to speed up the disbursal process.
The process has been further streamlined and over 5,000 verifications were completed last week alone. By Monday, verification of 5,911 out of 6,230 cases had been completed. A government official said the disbursal in approved cases was likely to be done within two working days.
The applicants initially faced problems with uploading and preparing documents like death certificates and surviving kin certificates. Hundreds of survey teams were then created at the district level to help the families apply. The offices concerned have been directed to dispose of every application within three working days. “In some cases, there were a few glitches initially. For example, some applications were in the name of the deceased and a few other families were out of town,” disclosed an official.
An online link has been integrated with the existing e-district website of Delhi government and the same portal is also being used for day-to-day monitoring of the scheme. The scheme is still open and eligible families can still apply.
Rs 50,000 is given as ex gratia for a family losing a member to Covid, while a Rs 2,500 pension is created for kids orphaned by the loss of parents to the infection. So far, 6,230 applications have been received for ex gratia payment and 3,670 applications for the pension.
Around Rs 4.2 crore was disbursed on Sunday in 837 cases. Among the 11 districts, New Delhi district was allocated Rs 14 crore and remaining districts, Rs 12 crore each on July 9 for payment under the scheme. An additional amount of Rs 15.5 crore available under this head is also being allocated among the districts. “A proposal for allocation of additional funds to the tune of Rs 30 crore has already been approved and granted by the finance department for immediate release as the ex gratia component of the scheme,” said a finance department official.