BHOPAL : Five organisations working for the rights of the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster have demanded the Chief Minister’s intervention to ensure adequate compensation to all victims of Union Carbide gas disaster. The organisations said that in view of the upcoming hearing of the Curative petitions in the Supreme Court on September 2, the Chief Minister must direct officials to revise the figures of disaster related injury and death in the State government’s petition. The organisations also demanded that the Chief Minister must ensure that the Central Government pays additional compensation of Rs. two Lakhs to each gas victim. The organisations have sent a letter on Monday to the Chief Minister. Balkrishna Namdeo of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha said that following the June 2010 directions of the Group of Ministers on Bhopal, less than 40,000 victims of the disaster have been paid additional compensation.
He said that denial of additional compensation to about 5.26 lakh claimants was based on the government’s arbitrary stance that they suffered only temporary injury due to the gas leak in 1984.