Monday, November 29, 1999

PM should ensure proper rehabilitation for Bhopal victims: Jha

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Bhopal, Jun 16 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh BJP president Prabhat Jha has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure proper medical facilities and rehabilitation to the victims of Bhopal Gas tragedy. "It is a matter of shame for the country''s political system that even after more than 25 years of the disaster we are not in a position to provide proper medical facilities and rehabilitation to gas victims," Jha said in a three-page letter to Singh. Jha said he was writing the letter to the PM to draw his "urgent attention" over the issue and seek necessary action in this regard. The BJP leader quoted media reports to allege that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave consent to then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh to allow Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson to leave India. Not only did Singh violate the rule of law and constitution of India but he also gave full individual and governmental support to Anderson, he claimed. In 1989, the then Central Government had settled all civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of the Bhopal gas victims without their consent, Jha wrote. "This raises a question on the objectivity of the whole settlement process on behalf of the Bhopal gas victims by the Central Government," he said. (More) PTI AS VKV.

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