Gas NGOs given task to trace claimants
THE LIST of 13,700 gas claimants, who did not turn up in claim courts to receive pro-rata compensation, would now be given to NGOs ?Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), Bhopal Group for Information & Action (BGIA) and Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti (GPSSS) ? in an attempt to trace them for disbursing the compensation amount.india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 16:19 IST
THE LIST of 13,700 gas claimants, who did not turn up in claim courts to receive pro-rata compensation, would now be given to NGOs –Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), Bhopal Group for Information & Action (BGIA) and Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti (GPSSS) — in an attempt to trace them for disbursing the compensation amount.
It is being done in pursuance to Supreme Court directive to this effect to the office of Welfare Commissioner. Addressing a press conference, registrar in the office of Welfare Commissioner, S M Shrivastava, said that all the cases of initial compensation claims by victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have been cleared and an amount of Rs 1546.35 crore distributed among more than 5.74 lakh claimants since 1992.
However, distribution of pro-rata compensation of Rs 1503 crore was on and around 13,700 claimants were yet to appear before the designated claim courts, he said.
Since the compensation distribution started in 1992, more than 10,20,518 claims were received, of which 5,74,272 were cleared and Rs 1546.35 crore distributed, Shrivastava said.
Following court orders, Welfare Commissioner Justice Deepak Verma had passed orders on as many as 20,110 petitions, including those for revision, in 253 sittings since he took over on March 29, 2003, he said adding, “With clearance of initial compensation claims and revision petitions, no case is pending.”Challenging orders of deputy welfare commissioner courts, 90,609 claimants had appealed before the additional welfare commissioner’s court, he said adding, only 308 such appeals were yet to be heard.
Distribution process of pro-rata compensation, that started on November 15, 2004, was on and an amount of Rs 1491.42 crore awarded in 5,58,850 cases, he said.
But around 13,700 claimants have not appeared before the court hearing pro-rata compensation cases following which their names will be made public and their list submitted to the NGOs, Shrivastava said. Thousands of persons were killed and thousands others faced health hazards following Methyl Iso-Cynate (MIC) gas leak from Union Carbide factory here on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984.