Over 70% of the exposed population has been in the unorganized sector, with people earning subsistence wages through labour or petty trade. A large number of men and women who pushed hand carts, carried loads, dug soil, repaired cars and did other jobs can no longer pursue their trades. Given the complete inadequacy of official rehabilitation efforts the loss of regular income has driven tens of thousands of families to chronic starvation conditions.
Issues linked to reproduction
Pollution remains a serious issue
The municipal authorities have declared water from over a hundred tube wells to be unfit for drinking. Recently we have obtained a copy of a report from the State Research Laboratory of the Public Health Engineering Department that confirmed toxic contamination of ground water in 1991 and then again in 1996. Yet the State government continues to deny that there is any problem. In collaboration with Greenpeace International we are currently testing samples of soil and water from within and around the Carbide factory. A comprehensive report will be available at the time of the anniversary.