Differently abled children from Bhopal gas tragedy affected families were left disappointed on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi overlooked them on his way to World Hindi Conference venue from the airport.
About a dozen kids, born disabled due to impact of Bhopal gas tragedy on their parents and the contamination of soil and water in the areas in the vicinity of abandoned Union Carbide factory, were seeking time of 15 minutes from Modi on the issue of gas tragedy.
Five NGOs working for survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal had asked for a 15 minute meeting with the PM during his visit to the city to discuss the lingering issues of compensation, criminal justice and clean up.
To push the matter, the disabled kids stood near the Nayapur Government School on Airport holding a banner stating "Bhopal Survivors just need 15 minutes, Sir". Representatives of the five NGOs also accompanied the kids. They also held placards saying "Poisoned by Union Carbide abandoned by Indian Government".
"I was disappointed that though the PM looked at us and kept waving at all the people around us, he did not respond to our plea," Suraj, 10-year-old affected child from Odiya Basti told HT.
Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group of Information and Action, one of the NGOS, said "while several scientific studies have shown the genetic impact of the disaster and the effect on the next generation neither the state nor the central government provided any medical care or rehabilitation. We had hoped that PM would at least find time to meet the disabled children."
GIRLS HAPPY: Meanwhile, few girl students of MLB College near Kamla Park, whom the PM waved at while on his way back to airport expressed happiness. "His cavalcade slowed near us and he waved and smiled. His love for children was visible," a student said while speaking to media.