The Hindu

Deliberate delay in relief to Bhopal gas survivors, allege NGOs

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BHOPAL: Non-Government Organisati­ons working for the rights of the survivors of the Bhopal Gas disaster on Saturday alleged that there was “deliberate delay” by the state and the Central government­s in securing for the affected persons additional compensati­on from Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.

“Exactly a year ago, organisati­ons had won their battle for revision of data on disaster-related deaths and injury after a four-day waterless hunger strike by six city women,” Bhopal Group for Informatio­n and Action (BGIA)’s Satinath Sarangi told reporters here.

The hunger strike was withdrawn only after the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertiliser­s agreed to seek correct figures for disasterre­lated injuries and deaths from the agencies concerned, he said. Mr Sarangi said as per the agreement with organisati­ons, figures of injuries were to be obtained from records of hospitals run by Madhya Pradesh government. — PTI

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