Friday, June 25, 2010

Gas victims protest new relief norms

The victims of Bhopal gas tragedy gathered near Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Thursday to protest against the government’s new compensation package. The protesters say that only a few people will get the relief as per the government’s policy, leaving out thousands of other victims.

The demonstration was organized by several NGOs in the wake of the recommendations submitted to the Prime Minister on Monday by a specially constituted group of ministers (GoM), headed by the Union home minister, P Chidambaram.

‘‘GoM has recommended that the relief amount be increased. But that is to be given to less than seven per cent of the affected people. About 6,00,000 people were affected. They do talk about extraditing Warren Anderson, but are not showing any signs of holding the representatives of Union Carbide Corporation responsible,’’ said an activist, Satinath Sarangi, who represents the NGO, Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

Decades after the incident, survivors are still fighting a battle for justice, though some, like the 74-year-old Sardar Khan, are jaded with time, and only ask for help and support from the state


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