Five yrs after judgment: Accused out on bail, rehab of Bhopal gas survivors still a far cry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 06, 2015 22:52 IST

Five years after a local sessions court sentenced eight Indian accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case to two years of jail, they are all out on bail.

While the files on rehabilitation and enhanced compensation of the survivors are still gathering dust in different courts.

Speaking on the eve of June 7, 2010 judgment in the gas tragedy case on Saturday, activist Abdul Jabbar said the major issues concerning the survivors continue to fester more than 30 years after the tragedy.

Convener of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), Jabbar, accused the state government of continuously ignoring its responsibilities towards the survivors despite creating a department to deal with the issues.

He said the gas survivors had submitted over 20,000 individual memorandums to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan between 2012 and 2014 on four major demands, but there has been no response from the CM.

"The four demands of the gas tragedy survivors are -- state government should become an intervener in the curative petition filed in Supreme Court and present new facts supporting demand of enhanced compensation for survivors; a special court be set up to ensure stricter punishment to all accused in gas tragedy criminal case; review of proper treatment and economic rehabilitation of the survivors; and disposal of the over 18,000 metric tonne of toxic waste dumped in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory," the activist said.

Jabbar alleged that due to lackadaisical approach of the state and central governments, the Supreme Court has not heard the curative petition even once.

"Despite SC intervention and monitoring by Madhya Pradseh high court, medical facilities given to survivors are far from satisfactory. Not even 100 families have got sustainable employment despite Rs100 crore being spend on economic rehabilitation," Jabbar said.

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