GoM evaluates legal options on Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Jun 19: The Group of Ministers (GoM) reconstituted over the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy discussed the legal options available with the government during the second day of deliberations held on Saturday, Jun 19, informed Home Minister, P Chidambaram, who heads the GoM.

"We have reached some tentative conclusions, these will be firmed up in report to be submitted to the prime minister," Mr Chidambaram told reporters after the meet.

The GoM, which was reconstituted amid the raging controversy over the world's worst industrial disaster and the light sentences given to the convicts, was given time of ten days to submit its report.

Besides legal issues, environmental, health, remediation issues and other aspects arising out of the judgement of the trial court in Bhopal gas leak case were to be discussed on the second day of meet.

Deliberations will be held on Sunday, Jun 20 as well, after which the GoM will submit its report on Monday, Jun 21.

After the GoM met on Friday, Jun 18 for the first day, the Planning Commission is believed to have released Rs 982 crore to the Madhya Pradesh government for rehabilitation of the gas leak victims, said a report in The Hindu.

However, there is no official conformation on this.

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