Bhopal gas tragedy survivors file RTI with PMO

A group of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors on Tuesday filed an RTI application with Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) seeking to know whether it took into consideration the 1984 disaster while drafting Nuclear Liability Bill.

New Delhi: A group of Bhopal gas tragedy
survivors on Tuesday filed an RTI application with Prime Minister`s
Office (PMO) seeking to know whether it took into
consideration the 1984 disaster while drafting Nuclear
Liability Bill.

Thirty-five protestors went to the PMO and filed the
RTI.

"We want to know whether the lingering concerns of the
Bhopal disaster have been considered at all in preparing the
draft of the civil nuclear liability bill," said Zulekha Bee,
a survivor of the disaster who is on a protest since April 15
demanding the setting up of an Empowered Commission on Bhopal.

"Twenty-five years after the disaster, we are still
waiting for the Prime Minister to set up an Empowered
Commission for proper medical care and rehabilitation. What
will be the fate of the survivors of a nuclear disaster?" she
said.

Nawab Khan, secretary of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush
Sangharsh Morcha, said they wanted to know on what basis the
maximum compensation amount was fixed in the proposed Bill.

"As per the proposed Bill the maximum compensation
payable in the event of a nuclear disaster would be USD 450
million which is even less than the USD 470 million paid to
the people of Bhopal. This amount did not even pay for five
years medical bills for most of the victims," he claimed.

PTI

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