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SC seeks report on BMHRC strike

THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday sought a report from Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) within two weeks on the circumstances that led to prolonged strike in the hospital.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 01:36 IST

THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday sought a report from Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) within two weeks on the circumstances that led to prolonged strike in the hospital.

Hearing a petition on the medical care of gas victims filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan (BGPMUS) and two other NGOs, the Supreme Court also agreed to consider the demand of petitioners for making accounts of the Trust public

before deciding to release the remaining Rs 63 crore to the Trust obtained from proceeds of Union Carbide’s property in India, lying in the custody of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Bhopal, BGPMUS convener Abdul Jabbar and Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti (BGPSS) co-convener N D Jaiprakash said at a joint press conference here today.

The court also expressed displeasure at the complaint of the petitioners and Monitoring Committee (appointed by the Supreme Court itself to oversee functioning of gas relief hospitals) that its recommendations were not being implemented by the State Government.

The State Government had presented an action taken report (ATR) in regard to monitoring committee recommendations before the court.

The court asked the monitoring committee to go through the ATR and submit a report to the court in two weeks whether they found it satisfactory or not. If monitoring committee finds that appropriate action has not been taken on the recommendations, stern action would be initiated against the officials concerned, the court warned.

The court also gave a permanent stay on any move to merge the gas relief hospitals in the health department. The petitioners had filed an application opposing the move of the State Government to merge gas relief hospitals in the health department.

The court, while staying the proceedings in this regard, had sought a reply from the State Government but after the Government failed to furnish reply within stipulated time, the court gave a permanent injunction on the issue.

The Supreme Court further agreed to consider in detail the demand of BGPMUS and BGPSS for a five-fold more compensation for gas victims as magnitude of disaster as presented to Supreme Court at the time of Bhopal settlement was far less than actual loss of lives and number of persons injured in the disaster.

While the number of the dead was said to be 3,000 and those injured around one lakh for the purpose of deciding compensation package from Union Carbide, persons compensated for death has exceeded 15,000 and those for injuries five lakh, said Jabbar.