THE HINDU, NOVEMBER 20, 2006
[Based on a statement reported on bhopal.net in September, Ed]
BHOPAL: The organisation of the Welfare Commissioner has disposed of all the claim cases that were filed by the victims of the Union Carbide gas disaster till the end of 2003. Of the 90,600 appeals and revisions that were subsequently filed, only about 300 appeals are now pending for adjudication.
The organisation of the Welfare Commissioner was constituted under the Bhopal Gas Leak (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985 to adjudicate claims and disburse compensation to the victims of the Union Carbide gas disaster that struck Bhopal on the midnight of December 2 and 3, 1984.
The Bhopal Gas Leak (Processing of Claims) Act, 1985 was enacted by Parliament as the Government of India took up the role of “Parens-Patrie” for the gas victims. In February 1989, the Supreme Court had passed the order of settlement of claims under which the multinationl Union Carbide Corporation was asked to pay $ 470 million to the Union of India in full and final settlement.