GoM on Bhopal to meet today

Amid raging controversy, the Group of Ministers on Bhopal gas tragedy would meet today.

New Delhi: Amid raging controversy over
the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the
reconstituted Group of Ministers (GoM) would meet Friday to
discuss all areas of concern, including the compensation for
the victims which has not been "adequate".

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said
the GoM will look into all aspects of the tragedy in which
over 15,000 people were killed and lakhs affected.

"The GoM will look at all issues, more specifically
reaching out to those people who unfortunately have not got
enough compensation, adequate compensation in last so many
years," she told reporters.

Noting that two hours have been kept for the GoM meeting
headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, she expressed
confidence that it will "address concerns on a priority

The GoM has before it various items under its purview
and it will pay sufficient attention to each one of them,
Soni said.

The GoM, reconstituted on June 7, will examine issues
like remedial measures and make appropriate recommendations
relating to the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of
the tragedy and their families.

The nine-member GoM was reconstituted amid raging
controversy over the quantum of punishment given to those
accused in the case, with the political class in unison
terming it as "too little, too late".

Besides Chidambaram, the panel includes Ghulam Nabi Azad,
M Veerappa Moily, S Jaipal Reddy, Kamal Nath, Selja, M K
Alagiri, Prithviraj Chavan and Jairam Ramesh.

Madhya Pradesh Minister in-charge of rehabilitation will
be a permanent invitee.