Saying that the betrayal by Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the biggest by any chief minister since Bhopal gas tragedy, a major section of gas survivors has decided to march again to the CM House on December 3 — the 30th anniversary of the tragedy — to press for their four-point long-standing demands.
The march would be held under the banner of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sanghatan (BGPMUS), one of the most active survivors’ organisations.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, BGPMUS convener Abdul Jabbar said that since last four years, the march to CM House was being conducted on anniversary of tragedy. Each year, every participant of the march submits an individual memorandum to the chief minister on the four-point demands.
“During the last four years, we have submitted over 20,000 memorandums, but there has been no reaction from CM. He had promised a meeting with gas relief department to resolve the issues, but in vain. This is the biggest betrayal by any CM since the tragedy,” Jabbar said, adding that the organisation had sent out a reminder to the CM even two weeks ago.
The four points of demand include proper intervention with latest statistics by the state government in the cases pending in the Supreme Court, special court to try all the accused of the gas tragedy criminal case, review and revision of the medical service and rehabilitation of survivors and early remediation of the 20,000 metric tonne hazardous waste dumped on and around the Union Carbide factory premises.
Jabbar said that during the last 30 years, about 35,000 persons died due to long-term effect of the exposure, almost two lakh were rendered disabled and about equal number require regular medical treatment.
“Every day 6,000 persons visit the hospitals and 30,000 are admitted every year. The seven hospitals and 20-odd dispensaries are inadequate to take care of the survivors. Super speciality care is limping and there has been no research to find solutions to the health issues,” he said.
On December 2, a torch rally would be held from Yadgar-e-Shahjehani Park to Central Library. The next day at 11am, a condolence meeting would be held at the Yadgar-e-Shahjehani Park in which activists’ groups from across nation would participate.