Bhopal tragedy: GoM favors burying toxic waste at site itself

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New Delhi, June 20 (ANI): The Group of Ministers (GoM) studying issues related to the Bhopal gas tragedy has favored burying the toxic waste at the disaster site itself.

The GoM, which met here for the third consecutive day under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, discussed other environmental issues apart from the clean up of the toxic waste at the affected site in Bhopal.

Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh gave a presentation to the Go, which is expected to submit its recommendations in a report to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday.

The GoM is expected to recommend that the Centre approach the Supreme Court against the dilution of charges against Union Carbide.

It is also likely to recommend seeking the extradition of former Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson and file a petition to make Dow Chemicals liable.

The GoM may also recommend enhancing punishment for those responsible for the Bhopal tragedy.

On Saturday, the GoM discussed the legal implications behind the reopening of the case against Union Carbide and the sort of healthcare provisions, which need to be provided to victims

On Friday, it deliberated on presentations made by the ministries of steel, fertilizers and chemicals.

It was felt then that in the government's eyes, Anderson was still a proclaimed offender and the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 (Part II) must be maintained. (ANI)

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