NGO alleges many Bhopal gas victims left out of compensation

An NGO working for the survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy charged that many of them would not be benefited under the new economic package as the Madhya Pradesh government did not put forth their case.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 19:35 PM IST

Bhopal: An NGO working for the survivors of
Bhopal gas tragedy on Tuesday charged that many of them would not
be benefited under the new economic package as the Madhya
Pradesh government did not put forth their case.

"After the verdict on the Bhopal tragedy in June, the
state government had said that it would ensure that the
victims would get justice soon but this has not happened even
after five months," Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan
(BGPMUS) Convenor Abdul Jabbar said at a press conference.
He said the state government did not put up its side
properly before the Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted
by the Union Government on the issue, because of which a large
number of victims would not get compensation.

Jabbar said that when the GoM decided to compensate
46,400 victims of the tragedy, the state government should
have put forth the fact that around 5,90,000 people were
affected by the tragedy and all of them should be compensated.

Under the new economic package of Rs 1,360 crore
announced, kin of the deceased would get Rs 10 lakh, those
with permanent disability Rs 5 lakh and with partial
disability Rs 3 lakh.

He pointed out that around 5,90,000 people from 36
wards were declared as gas affected victims after the tragedy.

The BGPMUS convener also charged that though it was the
duty of the state government to provide health care to the
victims, they were not getting proper treatment in the
hospitals.

PTI