Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday made an appeal to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to declare all the wards here as gas-affected
and sanction Rs 500 crore to provide better medical facilities
to the victims of the 1984 disaster.
In a letter to Singh, Chouhan said effect of the toxic
leak cannot be restricted to geographical areas and hence the
remaining 20 civic wards, out of total 56, should be declared
as gas-hit, enabling all the victims to avail of benefits.
Those who lived outside the 36 wards when the tragedy
occurred cannot lay claim to the compensation or facilities
provided to gas victims.
The CM, who returned yesterday after touring Europe,
said there were many disparities in the recommendations made
by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Bhopal and appealed for
Chouhan said the GoM has left the decision on cases of
10,047 victims to the Union Cabinet. These affected people
should be given enhanced compensation.
He said the Planning Commission has approved state`s
demand for a Rs 500-crore corpus to provide quality medical
assistance to the victims and the proposal now needs the PM`s