HUNDREDS OF gas victims will march to Raj Bhavan on Saturday afternoon to urge the Governor that official function held to pay tributes to gas victims on gas tragedy anniversary should be stopped forthwith since none of the successive State governments have been sincere towards the cause of gas victims. The Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) has called for the march.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the BGPMUS convener Abdul Jabbar said that the gas victims would hand over a memorandum to the Governor urging him either to ask the State Government to be sincere in its efforts to alleviate the sufferings of gas victims or stop the ‘ritual’ of commemorating the anniversary of gas disaster on December 3.
Alleging that the successive governments in the State have ‘betrayed’ the gas victims, he said that very little has been done for their rehabilitation and they continue to live in misery and dejection. Neither any effort was made towards their economic rehabilitation nor the State Government has shown any seriousness to provide them medical relief despite constant monitoring of the Supreme Court and umpteen directives for provision of free medical care to all the gas victims.
He further said that colonies adjacent to Union Carbide factory are constrained to drink contaminated water for years and despite repeated reminders and even a Supreme Court directive to provide them clean drinking water, nothing has happened in that direction so far.
Holding the State Government as much responsible for sufferings of gas victims as the Union Carbide Company, he said that the State Government should cease to perform the annual ‘ritual’ of commemorating anniversary of gas disaster and making assurances which mean nothing.