Staff Reporter, Central Chronicle, Bhopal, March 11, 2007
Bhopal, Mar 10: On the 19th day of `Right to Live’ dharna and the 6th day of the indefinite fast by the people poisoned by Union Carbide and their supporters, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Saturday assured a delegation of the gas affected that all their “logic and lawful” demands would be considered. The chief minister has also urged the delegation to end the indefinite fast.
The four organisations leading the agitation – Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action and Bhopal Ki Aawaaz – informed the chief minister that all of their demands were indeed logical and lawful and that they would end the fast only after their demands were accepted.
Earlier, at a meeting with the Director of Gas Relief in which detailed discussions were held regarding medical care, economic, social and environment rehabilitation, the official concluded that the demand put forth b the survivor organisations were indeed logical.
The delegation also held a two-hour meeting today with the Principal Secretary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation along with Collector, Commissioner Bhopal, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and other officials. The principal secretary admitted failure on the part of the government in providing proper medical care and adequate rehabilitation. He assured the delegation that he would prepare a note on the basis of discussion on each of the demands for the chief minister by March 12.
Meanwhile, the six people on fast have lost 4 to 9 kg of body weight and are secreting Ketone and Protein in their urine. On the advice and insistence of Dr HH Trivedi, they have started taking electrolytes in water from this evening.