NGOs lodge complaint with CBI that more than half of the letters offering jobs to the trainees were forged and only 6 per cent of the trainees received the stipend due to them

BHOPAL: NGOs working for the welfare of gas victims have condemned the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation department for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the economic rehabilitation of the survivors of the Bhopal disaster. They alleged corruption to the tune of Rs 20 Crores.

Gas victims, while interacting with the media on Monday, said that the complaint was filed with the Joint Director, Anti Corruption, CBI, by the survivors’ NGOs saying that more than 94 per cent of the payments made by Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department to the training agencies were fraudulent.

These payments were made for trainees who did not complete their training or were not placed in any job by the training agencies.The organisations have also complained to the CBI that more than half of the letters offering jobs to the trainees were forged and only 6 per cent of the trainees received the stipend due to them.

The organisations said that Rs. 104 Crores was transferred by the central government for economic rehabilitation of the survivors.Out of this amount, between June 2011 and October 2013, Rs. 26 Crores have been paid to 22 training agencies for providing training through 133 vocational courses to gas victims.

The organisations included Bhopal Gas Peedhit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Children Against Dow / Carbide and Bhopal Group for Information & Action.

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