Fora for survivors not included on Bhopal panel

THE HINDU
NEW DELHI: Four organisations working with survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking a “balanced” composition of the nine-member coordination committee appointed by the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
The committee is to coordinate long-term medical and economic rehabilitation efforts and oversee provision of clean drinking water to the communities for which supply has been affected. Not a single representative of the organisations, which brought this demand to the Prime Minister’s attention, has been included, the letter said.
The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, the Bhopal Group for Information and Action and the Bhopal ki Awaaz opposed the inclusion of the former medical adviser to Union Carbide N.P. Mishra on the panel. According to them, Dr. Mishra is to blame for thousands of preventable threats caused by his opposition to the administration of sodium thiosulphate to the survivors in the aftermath of the disaster.
One of the members, Madhumita Dutta, has resigned protesting against the inclusion of Dr. Mishra and the exclusion of the four organisations.

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