Secretary of Bhopal gas tragedy monitoring panel to be replaced

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 16:31 IST

The secretary of the monitoring committee carrying medical surveillance of the Bhopal gas victims will be replaced, the government counsel has told the MP high court.

The court had on Tuesday directed the committee to write to the state government if it was not satisfied with the working of the official appointed as secretary to the committee.

The court further directed the government to consider the request of the committee within one week to appoint some other person in place of the existing official.

The monitoring committee has communicated to the court that the director of medical education (DME), who is the present secretary, is pre-occupied with the official work and is unable to coordinate between the committee and the government.

The state government counsel Swapnil Ganguly submitted the DME is to be replaced with a medical officer. The court has directed the committee if it is still dissatisfied with the work of new secretary it might write to the government to replace him with some other official, Ganguly said.

The counsel informed the court that the committee has been provided with requisite infrastructure and stenographer will be appointed within two days. The monitoring committee is headed by retired Justice VK Agrawal.

The court issued the directive during hearing of a petition filed by the Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangthan and others for compliance with the apex court directives of August 2013 to operationalise medical surveillance and other facilities to the gas-affected persons.

The apex court had empowered the monitoring committee to oversee proper functioning of the hospitals including Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) as well as other government hospitals dealing with the gas victims.

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