CBI probe into gas relief expenditure demanded
M.P. Chronicle, November 13th, 2000

Expressing deep concern over CAG report on gas relief expenditure senior journalists N. Rajan, Lajja Shankar Hardenia and Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan Leader Abdul Jabbar have demanded CBI inquiry of the matter.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday they said that even after 15 years of time and expenditure worth   Rs 200 crore on medical arrangements and socio-economic rehabilitation programmes, the gas victims have yet to seek benefit of these programmes. Listing out names of hospitals and health centres including Kamla Nehru Hospital, Pulmonary Medicine Centre and Indira Gandhi Women and Child Hospital they alleged that none of them have completed and become operational. It was also alleged at the press conference that the state government has so far spent over Rs 70 crore in the name of economic rehabilitation of the victims, but not even 70 gas victims have given employment.

Referring to establishment of special industrial estate and Industrial Training Institute at a combined cost of about Rs 16 crore the journalists claimed that both the projects have been miserably failed. It was estimated that the special industrial estate would be able to generate employment for over 10,000 gas victims. They further said that the expenditure on social rehabilitationprogramme worth Rs 80 crore has not been able to provide support to widows of Bhopal gas tragedy, temporary handicaps and orphaned   children.