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MP Govt 'unhappy' over GoM decision on assistance package

Madhya Pradesh government today expressed unhappiness over the assistance package finalised by the Group of Ministers for Bhopal gas disaster victims.

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2010 22:06 IST

Madhya Pradesh government on Monday expressed unhappiness over the assistance package finalised by the Group of Ministers (GoM) for Bhopal gas disaster victims.

"Whatever we have asked, we got very little. We expressed our anger and unhappiness at the meeting. As against our demand of total assistance of Rs 5,000 crore for gas victims, we have been given a package of Rs 1,332.75 crore which is less," Madhya Pradesh Minister for Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Babulal Gaur told reporters in New Delhi.

He said the state government is spending Rs 45 crore on treatment of gas victims since 1999. "The Centre has approved only Rs 33.55 crore which is insufficient."

Gaur said on the very first day of the meeting he had made six demands including extradition of Union Carbide former Chief Warren Anderson to India and filing of curative petition against dilution of charges against the accused in the case.

When asked about former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh's role in the escape of Anderson, he said, "Not only Arjun Singh helped him leave the country, but the then Central government too."

Briefing about the meeting, Gaur said, "We have asked the Centre to destroy the toxic waste lying in the Union carbide factory in Bhopal and sought Centre's help. The GoM agreed to provide help in cleaning up the site."