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Residents Living Around Union Carbide Factory Demand Free Medical Treatment, Clean Drinking Water, Exemption from Water Bills

Press Statement
November 26, 2015

Hundreds of residents of the communities next to the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal today demonstrated at the JLN Hospital demanding free medical treatment, clean drinking water and exemption from paying water bills. On behalf of the Union Carbide Water Affected Struggle Front the demonstrators handed over a letter addressed to the Minister of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation in the state government.

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The demonstrators pointed out that the 2013 report of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow has identified 22 communities whose groundwater is contaminated by hazardous waste from the pesticide factory. According to them, for over two decades they have been drinking water contaminated by organic chemicals and heavy metals that are damaging to the liver, kidneys, lungs and brain and are known to cause cancers and birth defects.

Sunita, a housewife from Shiv Nagar said that while more than half million people exposed to Union Carbide’s poisonous gases in 1984 are being provided free health care by the government, 10 thousand families who have been slow-poisoned by groundwater continue to be denied free medical treatment.

Citing a 2009 report by the State Government run Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Nawab Colony resident Iqbal Khan said that the scientific study has concluded that in comparison to an unexposed population, the residents of the affected communities have higher incidence of diseases related to the gastro-intestinal and respiratory systems and those of the skin and eyes.

In addition to free medical care, the demonstrators also called for rehabilitation facilities for children born with disabilities. “Because of the poisons their parents drank in the water, every fifth house in our community has a child born with twisted limbs or damaged brain. The government must make special arrangements for their rehabilitation” said Shehzadi Bee of Blue Moon Colony.

Usha Dongre of Shivshakti Nagar complained against the heavy charges for water supply by the municipal corporation. Along with other demonstrators she demands free water supply. “For over two decades we have drunk poisoned water from hand pumps sunk by the government, to wash the poisons from our bodies, the government must give us clean water free, at least for the next 20 years.” she said.

Following a May 2004 order of the Supreme Court, in August 2014, 10 thousand families were provided with connections for supply of drinking water by the state government. Today, many residents complain of erratic, inadequate and poor quality supply. According to Gangaram of Oriya Basti there are still several thousand people who are forced to drink contaminated water due to problems in piped water supply.

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Smt. Sunita Smt. Usha Dongre Shri Iqbal Khan Smt. Shehzadi Bee Shri Gangaram
Shiv Nagar Shivshakti Nagar Nawab Colony Blue Moon Colony Oriya Basti

Union Carbide Water Affected Struggle Front

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भोपाल गैस पीड़ित संगठन गैस हादसे की वजह से हुई मौतों और शारीरिक क्षति के सही आंकड़ों के लिए भारत सरकार के विरुद्ध दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय जाएगें

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

नवम्बर 14, 2015

भोपाल गैस काण्ड के पीड़ितो के हको के लिए लड़नेवाले पाँच संगठनो के नेताओं ने आज एक पत्रकार वार्ता में यूनियन कार्बाइड और डाव केमिकल से अतिरिक्त मुआवज़ा लेने के मामले में केंद्र और प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा जानबूझ कर की जा रही देरी की निंदा की।

आज से ठीक एक साल पहले छः महिलाओं के चार दिनों के निर्जला अनशन के बाद संगठनो ने गैसकांड की वजह से हुए मौतो और शारीरिक क्षति के आँकडो पर पुनर्विचार की लड़ाई जीती थी| रसायन एवं खाद मंत्री द्वारा सम्बंधित विभागो से हादसे की वजह से हुई मौतो और शारीरिक क्षति के सही आँकड़े माँगने की सहमति पर ही महिलाओं ने अपना अनशन तोडा  था ।

संगंठनो से हुई बातचीत के मुताबिक़ हादसे की वजह से हुई शारीरिक क्षति के आँकड़े प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा अस्पतालो  के रिकॉर्डों से जुटाए जाने थे। साथ ही भारतीय चिकित्सा अनुसंधान परिषद (आई.सी.एम.आर.) को भोपाल पीड़ितों पर किए गए शोध अध्ययनो के आधार पर हादसे की वजह से हुई मौतोँ पर वैज्ञानिक आँकड़े उपलब्ध कराने थे। इस  बात पर सहमति हुई थी कि केंद्र और राज्य संस्थाओं द्वारा आँकड़े उपलब्ध कराने के बाद रसायन एवं खाद मंत्रालय अमरीकी कम्पनियोँ से अतिरिक्त मुआवज़े के लिए दायर सुधार के आँकड़ो पर पुनर्विचार करेंगी।

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला स्टेशनरी कर्मचारी संघ की अध्यक्षा रशीदा बी ने कहा “रसायन एवं खाद मंत्रालय की चिट्ठी का जवाब देने में ही प्रदेश सरकार ने 6 महीने लगा दिए।[1][2][3] अब साल होने को है और अब तक प्रदेश सरकार गैस हादसे के बाद अस्पतालों में इलाज लेने वाले गैस पीड़ितों की संख्या नहीं बता पाई है।”

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित निराश्रित पेंशनभोगी संघर्ष मोर्चा के अध्यक्ष बालकृष्ण नामदेव ने बताया कि उनके द्वारा जानकारी के अधिकार के तहत उपलब्ध दस्तावेज़ यह बताते हैं कि रसायन एवं खाद्य मंत्रालय द्वारा पूछे गए सवाल का जवाब देने से बचने की पैंतरेबाजी में जुटे हैं।[4][5][6]

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला पुरुष संघर्ष मोर्चा के नवाब खां के अनुसार 80,000 पीड़ितो पर 10 साल के अध्ययन के बाद गैस काण्ड की वजह से हुई मौतोँ के वैज्ञानिक आँकड़े जुटाने में असफल होकर डा. पदम सिंह की अध्यक्षता वाली विशेषज्ञ समिति अपनी संस्था और महामारी विज्ञान दोनो को बदनाम कर रही है।

भोपाल ग्रुप फॉर इन्फॉर्मेशन एंड एक्शन के सतीनाथ षडंगी ने बताया कि सभी संगठन जल्द ही आई.सी.एम.आर. के विशेषज्ञों की वजह से भोपाल गैस पीड़ितो के न्याय पाने के संवैधानिक अधिकार के हनन के खिलाफ दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय जायेंगे।

डाव-कार्बाइड के खिलाफ बच्चे की साफरीन ख़ान ने कहा “यह देश के लिए शर्म की बात है कि भोपाल में यूनियन कार्बाइड हादसे के सरलतम वैज्ञानिक सवाल आज तक अनुत्तरित हैं और यह हमें कतई मंज़ूर नहीं कि सरकारी वैज्ञानिकों के निकम्मेपन की वजह से भोपाल पीड़ितों को उनके हक़ का मुआवज़ा न मिले।“

रशीदा बी

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित स्टेशनरी कर्मचारी संघ

9425688215

बालकृष्ण नामदेव

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित निराश्रित पेंशनभोगी संघर्ष मोर्चा, 9826345423

नवाब खाँ

भोपाल गैस पीड़ित महिला पुरुष संघर्ष मोर्चा

8718035409

रचना ढींगरा, सतीनाथ षडंगी

भोपाल ग्रुप फॉर इन्फॉर्मेशन एंड एक्शन, 9826167369

साफरीन ख़ान

डाव-कार्बाइड के खिलाफ बच्चे

अधिक जानकारी के लिए www.bhopal.net पर जाए

 

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Bhopal gas victims to move to Delhi High Court against Government of India for correction of death and injury figures.

PRESS STATEMENT

At a press conference today, leaders of five organizations fighting for the rights of the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster condemned the deliberate delay by the state and central governments on the matter of additional compensation from Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.

Exactly one year ago the organisations had won their battle for revision of data on disaster related deaths and injury after a four-day waterless hunger strike by six Bhopali women. The fast was broken only after the Minister of Chemical & Fertilisers agreed to seek correct figures of disaster related injuries and death from concerned agencies.

As per the agreement with the organisations, figures of injuries were to be obtained from records of hospitals run by the state government. Additionally, the Indian Council of Medical Research was to provide scientific estimates of death figures on the basis of their research on Bhopal. It was understood that based on the figures provided by the state and central agencies, the Ministry would consider revising figures presented in the Curative Petition for additional compensation from the American corporations.

Rashida Bee, President of Bhopal Gas Peedit  Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said “The State government took six months to send a reply to the letter from the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers.[1][2][3] Almost a year has passed and it has still not provided the number of gas exposed people who visited the hospitals specially built for them in the years following the gas disaster.”

President of Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha, Balkrishna Namdeo stated that documents obtained under the Right to Information Act show that the experts of Indian Council of Medical Research continue to dodge the question posed to them by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers.[4][5][6]

According to Nawab Khan of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, the ICMR experts headed by Dr Padam Singh are giving a bad name to their institution and to the science of epidemiology by failing to provide scientific figures of deaths due to gas exposure based on their long term research on over 80 thousand survivors.

Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action said that the organisations will soon be moving the Delhi High Court against the ICMR experts who are denying the Bhopal survivors’ constitutional right to justice.

Said Safreen Khan of Children Against Dow-Carbide, “It is indeed a matter of national shame that the simplest of scientific questions on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal remain unanswered till today. And it is unacceptable that the survivors of Bhopal are being denied their right to fair compensation because of an incompetent bunch of scientists.”

Rashida Bi,

Nawab Khan,

Balkrishna Namdeo,

Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,

Safreen Khan,

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh 

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha

Bhopal Group for Information and Action

Children Against Dow Carbide

94256 88215

8718035409

9826345423

9826167369

 Attachments:

Minutes of meeting 2 March 2015

Anil Prakash’s letter may 21 2015

Letter January 28, 2015 from Ministry of Chemicals and fertilizers

Letter to EpiExperts ICMR April 2015-1

Letter to GoI (28.7.15)

Surjeet Chaudhary Dec 3 2014

MoCF Memo May 12, 2015

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Modi Govt Completes 1 Year, Bhopal Gas Victims have Nothing to Cheer

PRESS RELEASE

(This press release is available in Hindi here)

At a press conference today, survivors of the December ‘84 Union Carbide gas disaster, condemned the NDA government for its failure to secure justice and provide rehabilitation during its one year rule. The conference was organized jointly by five Bhopal based organizations fighting for the rights of the survivors on the occasion of the completion of one year of the NDA government.

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Twitter Action: Dow Chemical Stockholder Meeting 2015

Friends, Supporters, Survivors,

The Dow Chemical Company will host its 118th Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 10:00AM Eastern Time until 11:00AM Eastern Time.

Andrew Liveris, Dow Chairman and CEO, will deliver the keynote address. Here are the details.

This is an opportunity for us to tweet at Dow Chemical and remind them, and everyone, about the blood on their hands.

Continue reading Twitter Action: Dow Chemical Stockholder Meeting 2015

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