October 31, 2021
On the sixth day of their 37- day campaign, the survivors of Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal today sought answers from Prime Minister Modi. They asked, “Why has the Prime Minister not found time to meet the gas victims or talk about the victims of the world’s worst industrial disaster in any of his 5 visits to Bhopal ?”
Since 2014, we have written more than 10 letters to the Prime Minister seeking time to resolve the long pending issues of compensation, clean up and punishment of Dow Chemical and Union Carbide, but we have not received any reply from his office”, said Rashida Bee, President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationary Karmchari Sangh
“During the Prime Minister’s visit to Bhopal in September 2015, the children disabled by Union Carbide’s & Dow Chemical’s poisons held a banner stating, “Bhopal Survivors just need 15 minutes, Sir” and the children help placards stating, “Poisoned by Union Carbide abandoned by Indian Government” The PM motorcade passed the airport road where disabled children stood with banners and placards”, said Nousheen Khan of Children Against Dow-Carbide
While Prime Minister found no time to meet the survivors of the Union Carbide Disaster during his September 2015 Bhopal visit, but he found time to meet and greet the CEO of Dow Chemical (owner of Union Carbide), Andrew Liveris during his visit to US. Prime Minister treated the CEO to a lavish dinner of Thandai Chicken and Sevaiya cake. If this was not enough, our Prime Minister also found time to award the CEO of Dow Chemical during 42nd meeting of US Indian Business Council (USIBC) in Washington DC in 2017. “One has to ask this question, whose side is the Prime Minister: Bhopal survivors or American corporations”, said Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information & Action.
Through the Campaign – “Bhopal Disaster : 37 years ; 37 questions” – the organizations wish to highlight urgent concerns regarding compensation, criminal justice, medical, economic and social rehabilitation and environmental remediation of polluted lands that need to be addressed to stop the on-going disaster.
|Nawab Khan & Shezadi Bee,
|Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
|Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
|Bhopal Group for Information and Action
|Children Against Dow Carbide