GoM set to submit Bhopal tragedy report

Written by: Devaki
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New Delhi, Jun 21: Group of Ministers (GoM) led by Home Minister P Chidambaram will submit the report on Bhopal gas tragedy to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, Jun 21.

The reconstituted nine-member GoM has held discussions for three consecutive days and have discussed all aspects of the industrial disaster including legal issues and compensation for the victims.

UPA government is under the pressure of criticisms from the opposition parties including BJP and CPI, which have blamed the then dispensations of Arjun Singh and Rajiv Gandhi government for not dealing the issue properly. GoM was reconstituted after the verdict came, which was termed by the public as 'too little and too late'.

GoM has examined the issues like adequat compensations for the victims and their families, remedial measures and rehabilitation measures to be taken in Bhopal. The panel also discussed environment related issues plaguing parts of the Madhya Pradesh capital since the gas leak on Dec 2-3, 1984 night when nearly 40 tonnes of methyl isocynate gas leaked out of storage tanks of the Union Carbide factory, killing an estimated 20,000 people over the years.

The panel includes Ghulam Nabi Azad, M Veerappa Moily, S Jaipal Reddy, Kamal Nath, Selja, M K Alagiri, Prithviraj Chavan and Jairam Ramesh other than Chidambaram.

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