Bhopal tragedy: NGO demands GoMs compensation package for all

Stating that Group of Ministers (GoMs) compensation package would reach only about eight per cent of the 1984 Gas Tragedy victims, an NGO Thursday demanded that all the affected people should get the relief amount.

Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Bhopal: Stating that Group of Ministers
(GoMs) compensation package would reach only about eight per cent of the 1984 Gas Tragedy victims, an NGO Thursday demanded
that all the affected people should get the relief amount.

"A total 48,652 gas victims would get the compensation
decided this year by GoMs which is unfair to nearly 5.90 lakh
people affected in the world`s worst industrial disaster in
1984," Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan Convenor
Abdul Jabbar today told reporters here.

"Nearly 5.90 lakh people got an inadequate
compensation of Rs 1504 crore from 1992 to 2004," he said.

He alleged that the GoMs, in a damage-control exercise
after the public outrage following the verdict on Bhopal Gas
Tragedy in June, had announced to pay around Rs 740 crore to
48,652 victims. This decision was unfair, he said.

More than 5.35 lakh victims are being deprived of the
compensation which was inadequately paid to them last time
round.

"This GoMs compensation was an eyewash," he said,
adding, it should take up a study of the victims before
compensating them.
According to the new compensation package, Jabbar
said, only family members of 8781 deceased, 3199 permanent
disabled, 2000 cancer patients, 1000 renal case and 33,672
temporary disabled people will be benefited.

The compensation is likely to be paid from next month,
sources said.

PTI