New Delhi, July 1 -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday refrained from issuing any directive to the Union government to include Covid-19 in the national insurance scheme, which is being contemplated for other notified disasters.

Even as it directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame a scheme to pay ex-gratia for families of those who died due to Covid-19, the top court did not opine on whether the Centre should consider including the coronavirus pandemic for risk insurance coverage against natural disasters in the country.

On Wednesday, the bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah delivered its judgment on the PILs, filed by advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepak Kansal, while taking note of the recommendations ...