Bhopal gas tragedy: NGOs-ministry talks on death figures soon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 16:08 IST

Representatives of gas victims will meet officials of Union chemical and fertilisers ministry in ten days to discuss the figure of deaths and injuries left by the disaster.

The exercise will be undertaken so that figures of death and injuries in the curative petition filed in the Supreme Court would be revised as promised to the gas survivors on Friday. Also, the records would be useful to decide upon the additional compensation for all survivors, as was the demand.

Satinath Sarangi of Bhopal Group of Information and Action (BGIA) told HT that the meeting would be held to discuss the progress on these fronts.

The BGIA is one of the five organisations that led the five-day hunger strike by gas tragedy survivors at Jantar Mantar last week. The agitation was called off on Friday night after Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar assured consideration of both the demands put forth by the survivors.

The organisations claimed that the minster assured that figures of death and extent of injuries caused by the disaster would be amended in the curative petition in the Supreme Court on the basis of data coming from scientific research and hospital records.

The central government will seek urgent hearing of the amended curative petition. Also, the medical categorisation of injuries as minor would not be considered as basis for additional compensation, the minister assured, the organisations have said.

"We see this as the first major official initiative to correct the historical wrongs in Bhopal. We thank the minister for beginning the process of rectifying a 27-year-old blunder that is at the root of denial of justice to Bhopal survivors," said Rachna Dhingra of BGIA.

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