?Trust misused funds meant for gas victims?
BHOPAL GAS Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan (BGPMUS) Convener Abdul Jabbar today accused the Bhopal Memorial Trust (BMT) of not being able to render proper medical care to gas victims, the promise on which it was formed.india Updated: May 06, 2006 15:02 IST
BHOPAL GAS Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan (BGPMUS) Convener Abdul Jabbar today accused the Bhopal Memorial Trust (BMT) of not being able to render proper medical care to gas victims, the promise on which it was formed.
Reacting to Supreme Court’s decision to release an additional amount of Rs 39 crore to the Trust, Jabbar said at a press conference that the Trust seems to have become a pocket borough of handful of individuals manning the Trust and provision of medical care to gas victims does not seem to be its concern at all.
He referred to acute shortage of staff in the hospital and said that important departments like neurology, nephrology, and pulmonary medicine were on the verge of closure and patients were not being taken in for treatment in those departments.
Jabbar maintained that there had been huge bungling of funds in the accounts of the Trust and said that once they received raw accounts from office of the Collector, they would prove their point.
Jabbar and another petitioner had opposed the move to release funds to the BMT expressing apprehension that funds at its disposal were being bungled and misused. But, when the Supreme Court allowed them to go through the audited accounts of the Trust, they failed to prove their viewpoint.
“We did not have enough time then and what we were provided was finished accounts but now that the Supreme Court has allowed us to access raw accounts from office of the Collector, we would be able to prove our point”, he said.
Jabbar further said that huge amount of money belonging to the Trust was being spent on extravagant life style of Trust Chairman Justice A M Ahmadi and working trustee Aziz Ahmed Siddiqui, while the requisite facilities were not being provided to gas victims.
Working trustee Siddiqui, however, denied the allegations and maintained that charges of bungling or misuse of funds were unfounded, malicious and superfluous. He further said that Trust was in absolutely clean hands and none of the trustees availed any facility whatsoever with the Trust’s money. He also said that the additional funds released by the Supreme Court would be utilised to upgrade services for the gas victims at the hospital.