Left parties want Dow be made liable for Bhopal tragedy
Left party leaders here today termed as inadequate the recent compensation announced by the Group of Ministers (GOM) for Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims and demanded that Dow Chemicals should be made liable for the tragedy given that it has taken over Union Carbide.bhopal Updated: Jul 02, 2010 18:38 IST
Left party leaders in Bhopal Friday termed as inadequate the recent compensation announced by the Group of Ministers (GOM) for Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims and demanded that Dow Chemicals should be made liable for the tragedy given that it has taken over Union Carbide.
"The compensation announced by the GoM is inadequate and Dow Chemicals should own the entire liability for the tragedy as it has taken over Union Carbide," CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat said while addressing a meeting in Bhopal to highlight the plight of the gas victims.
Dow Chemicals cannot avoid the liability of providing compensation to the people and cleaning up of the toxic waste lying at the defunct factory, Karat said, adding that universally it is an established practice that whenever any company takes over another, it also takes that company's entire liabilities.
He felt the Government should categorically tell the US that it would not allow American companies to function in the country if Dow fails to take the responsibility of the gas tragedy.
"I am sure it will not happen as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will never say this to US government and also because of the fact that in the GoM also there are supporters of Dow and one of them is from Madhya Pradesh," he said.
The Left parties will raise this issue during the Monsoon Session of Parliament to force the government to make Dow liable for the tragedy, he said.