Bhopal gas tragedy: More money for victims, clean-up by state govt

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New Delhi, June 21 (ANI): The reconstituted Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram on Bhopal gas tragedy on Monday concluded its meeting after finalising recommendations for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's review

According to sources, the ministers have decided that Rs ten lakh will be given to those who lost their lives in the disaster.

The have also reached a consensus that the Madhya Pradesh Government will undertake the exercise of clean up with support from the Centre.

The Central Government will bankroll the clean-up for now, but will ask in court for Dow Chemicals, which bought Carbide in 2001, to be held financially liable.

The government will also begin a new initiative for the extradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson.

The nine-member panel will now submit its report to the Prime Minister.

The report will also include recommendations on legal options such as a curative petition in the Supreme Court pinning criminal and legal liability on the accused.

The GoM is also likely to recommend that the Union Carbide plant be dismantled and a memorial park be set up in its place.

The GoM had held four rounds of meeting till Sunday. (ANI)

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