Friday, December 3, 2010

Indian government seeks double compensation in Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984

Bhopal Gas Victims
As Indian media is constantly reporting about the Bhopal gas victims not getting compensation on time government of India has filed a case against US company Union Carbide on friday to seek the compensation of Rs. 7,700 crore in 1984 bhopal gas tragedy. In 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy more than 5000 people were killed and many more suffered from cronical illness due to the leackage of poisionous gas from the Union Carbide factory located near Bhopal in central state of Madhya Pradesh.

In the settlement reached in 1989 between company and government fixed the compensation amount at Rs. 750 Crore. Now government is trying to increase the amount of compensation to Rs. 7,700 Crore to help the victims of gas tragedy. Compensation of Rs. 750 Crore was decided in way back in 1989 in a court judgement.

Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR) reported that more than 10,000 people died with in few days of the gas tragedy while official figures by government reported it at 3,500. IMCR also observed that more than 25,000 people died till 1994 due to complications related to the gas leakage in Bhopal in 1984 from Union Carbide factory.

Government sources believed that there were some wrong assumptions observed by the apex court in the 1989 judgement for the settlement between the company and victims of the tragedy as figures are far away from the reality and may need some corrections.


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