BHOPAL CENTRAL CHRONICLE, DECEMBER 3, 2006
Bhopal, Dec 2: The Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has paid tributes to the martyrs of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy on the eve of its 22nd anniversary. Recalling the gravity of the disaster, which played a havoc on the intervening night of December 2 and 3 in 1984, Chouhan said that it killed thousands of people in Bhopal city. The survivors of the tragedy fell prey to a number of diseases due to their exposure to poisonous gas. The Chief Minister added that even after 22 years of the chemical disaster, lakhs of people are still suffering from various mental and physical disorders and agonies.
The Chief Minister further said in his message that the state government is making concerted efforts for the treatment of affected people. A number of works relating to industrial safety, protection of environment and economic rehabilitation of gas affected people have been carried out in the gas affected localities. Chouhan pointed out that supply of clean drinking water is still a challenge before the government in the gas-affected localities. For this, the state government is providing full financial support.
The Chief Minister has called upon the government and non-government organisations and citizens to extend cooperation to help mitigate the sufferings of the gas affected people.
BHEL employees observe the day
In Commemoration of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, BHEL observed a 2 minute silence during Central Safety Committee Meeting on Saturday to mourn the sad demise of departed souls in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of December 3, 1984. This meeting was convened by Safety and Environment Engineering Department and presided by MC Prasad, General Manager (HR & SFX) and Chairman of the Committee. The meeting was attended by all the Product Group Heads of the plant.
The meeting was commenced after the 2 minute mourning. MC Prasad, Chairman of the Central Safety Committee was welcomed and the meeting proceeded to review the status of various issues related to Safety, Environment and Occupational Health. Prasad briefed the members about the forthcoming Surveillance Audit of ISO-1400 and OHSAS-18001 scheduled from December 11-13, 2006. SA Pillai, Chief Safety and Environment Officer briefed about the status of various issues.
‘Aasaan’ produces documentary
A 27 minute documentary film entitled “Dreams to disaster and aftermath” has been produced to mark the 22nd anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy by a group of students pursuing their studies in the first year in National Law Institute University (NLIU). The film has been directed by talented Shubham Khare and is produced by a group of ten students named ‘Aasaan’. The film was screened last night on the occasion of 23rd moot court competition of Bar Council of India (BCI) at NLIU.
All the students involved in the making of film are born after the gas tragedy occurred in the year 1984. Since the group has a complete chapter on the gas tragedy in the first year law course, they viewed the chemical disaster with a different angle and have presented the aftermath of the disaster and sprit of the affected people in a appreciable manner. Further, film narrates the strong determination of the affected people of Bhopal towards life even after so much hardship.
As per the director of the film Shubham was as inspired to make such a film by his professor Rajiv Khare. Smriti Pradhan has assisted Khare in the direction whereas the script and screenplay was written by Ashish Mukhi, Swati Ray and Shruti Rawat. Research and selection of the places was done by Niharika Maske and Shilpa Bijoria. The film has been edited by Ashish Mukhi and Shubham, the score was composed by Shivendu Joshi and Swapnil Gupta.
With a view to present their view point before the people, efforts are being made by the group ‘Aasaan’ to air it through local TV channels. The group also plans to produce a documentary on a village, which has never engaged in any kind of litigation and has never come across to the court matters.