Montek backs Rs 982-cr PMO package for Bhopal victims
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 00:16
New Delhi: The Planning Commission Friday supported the PMO proposal for a special Rs 982-crore package for the Bhopal victims.

"I have approved the proposal. This goes through certain processes. At the end we are supportive (of it). These are all preliminary steps. It is actually the GoM that will take the decision," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told newsmen when asked for his views on the special package for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.

The special package would be approved by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Bhopal which met for the first time today.

The GoM is to suggest ways to tackle the plethora of legal and financial tangles that have angered the country since a Bhopal court gave its verdict last week.

The GoM was announced in the wake of the controversy over the light punishment given to the seven accused,including Keshub Mahindra who was the then chairman of the Union Carbide when the tragedy took place, in the Bhopal gas disaster by a local court and several questions being raised over the exit of the then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson.

The Prime Minister formed the GoM on Bhopal, with Union ministers M Veerappa Moily (law), Ghulam Nabi Azad (health), Kamal Nath (surface transport), MK Alagiri (chemicals), Kumari Selja (tourism), S Jaipal Reddy (urban development), Prithviraj Chavan (science & technology) and Jairam Ramesh (environment) as members and home minister P Chidambaram as the chairman.

After forming the GoM, the PMO has drafted a Rs 982-crore Bhopal rehabilitation plan and sent to the Plan panel for its view.


First Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 00:16

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