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07 November 2011

Ex-gratia of Rs. 579.83 cr. distributed among heirs to Bhopal gas victims & survivors

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The legal heirs of who lost their lives and survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the world's worst industrial disaster, are being paid enhanced compensation by the Central Government on the advice of the Group of Ministers constituted for the purpose.

So far, an amount of Rs. 578.83 crore has been distributed among the heirs in 36,948 cases of Bhopal gas tragedy. Commissioner relief is distributing the ex-gratia amount in rest of 11,776 cases. A sum of Rs.104 crore will be spent on economic rehabilitation of gas-hit families with experts’ advice.

This information was given at a meeting where Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation Department. The Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Mr. Babulal Gaur and Chief Secretary to Government of Madhya Pradesh Mr. Avani Vaish were also present on the occasion, an official Press release said.

Chouhan instructed that economic rehabilitation should be undertaken in a planned way. He said that all the requirements including medial appliances and medicines should be met without delay.

The Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister informed that arrangements have been ensured for self-employment training in readymade garment manufacture through Government and non-Government institutions for economic rehabilitation of the gas-affected families.

A provision of Rs. 30 crore has been made to give pension to gas-affected widows at the rate of `1000 per head. Municipal Corporation is constructing 13 Sulabh Complexes in gas-affected areas and will be constructed by April. Apart from construction and up-gradation of schools, 2500 houses are also being constructed for gas-affected people at a cost of Rs. 40 crore.

Work for improving sewages and drainages in Jeevan Jyoti Colony is going on at a cost of Rs.4.92 crore. A sum of Rs. 50 crore has been made available to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation for making drinking water arrangements in the affected areas, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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