Bhopal victims sceptical about gas tragedy package deal

A day after government announced a 1265.56 crore relief and remediation package for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims, a visit to affected areas has revealed that people are very sceptical about the enhanced compensation recommended by the Group of Ministers for them.
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Updated on Jun 25, 2010 05:18 PM IST
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PTI | By, Bhopal

A day after government announced a 1265.56 crore relief and remediation package for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims, a visit to affected areas has revealed that people are very sceptical about the enhanced compensation recommended by the Group of Ministers (GOM) for them.

The victims of the industrial disaster do not seem to be taken in by the compensation deal announced for them and their approach and attitude is still marked by doubt.

"We do not believe in any such announcements and we will have faith in them only when we receive some money in our hands," a 75-year-old Surjobai, who runs a tea stall opposite the defunct Union Carbide factory told PTI.

Surjobai's grouse is that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not paid a single visit to the gas affected areas till now but she is quick to add that even Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has skipped it.

"If Chouhan who lives in Bhopal cannot find time to visit the gas affected areas, how can one complain about Singh, who stays in New Delhi," she said.

Madhya Pradesh Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, Babulal Gaur may have visited the factory, but even he has not been to the gas affected areas, she complained.

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