RTI drive to raise Bhopal gas tragedy issue

Press Trust of India, April 26, 2008
At least a thousand applications to be file to ask what action has been taken by the govt
In an effort to draw attention to the plight of the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy, a major RTI campaign will be undertaken and at least a thousand applications will be filed in the next one week seeking information on the action taken by the government.
RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, who along with the survivors of the gas leak in 1984 is launching the massive RTI campaign, said answers will be sought from the government on what it has done to rehabilitate the victims.
The RTI applications will seek information on issues like the dumped chemicals at the Union Carbide factory site poisoning the environment, gas-leak survivors being asked to pay for their healthcare and why the government was not ensuring that the Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals provided adequate compensation.
Moreover, 50 persons from Bhopal, who marched 800 km from the Madhya Pradesh capital to reach Delhi on March 28, had asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for an appointment as early as February 20.
Since then, more than 1,700 people have sent faxes to the PMO in support of the Bhopal ‘Padyatris’.
“These RTI applications will be sent to the PMO next week to find out what the prime minister has done to keep his word in the last two years,” said Kejriwal.
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Posted By : gnsetty on 27 April,2008
This has been LONG OVERDUE.All the politicians guilty in this tragedy must be exposed.First in the list is Arjun Singh, as CM of MP at the time,when he enjoyed free hospitality of club-style bungalow in UC compound and granted all permissions for first manufacturing world ‘s largest quantity of deadly chemical at UC Bhopal and allowed it to be stored for months when even a small quantity of that chemical was NOT allowed to be stored in any developed country or any country for that matter.

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