On January 28th 2020 a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court sits to begin the most important, potentially the most historic hearing on Bhopal for over thirty years.
Shortly after the gas tragedy, India took over responsibility for all legal claims against Union Carbide. Following a US Courts refusal to hear the claims, claims worth $3.3 billion were filed in India’s courts. In 1989 India and Carbide settled these claims for $470 million – less than 15% of the original demand. The amount was upheld by review judgment in 1991.
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July 25, 2019
Hundreds of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster sat on a day long Dharna (sit-in) today demanding that the state government stop misleading the Supreme Court in the matter of additional compensation by downplaying the damage caused by the disaster. Led jointly by four local organizations, the survivors called upon the state government to correct the figures of deaths and extent of health damages caused by the disaster in the Curative Petition that is expected to be heard by the apex court soon.
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14 March 2019
At a press conference today, leaders of four organisations of survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster called upon central and state governments to revise the figures of death and illness caused by the disaster before the Curative petition for additional compensation is heard by the Supreme Court next month. The leaders said that representatives of both BJP and the INC have promised Rs. 5 lakhs as compensation for each Bhopal victim but this promise can not be fulfilled unless the governments they run at the centre and the state respectively present correct figures of deaths and illnesses before the apex court.
“In December last year we requested the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, the nodal ministry on the Bhopal disaster, to amend the Curative petition so as to present figures of death and illnesses in accordance with scientific facts and official records.” said Rashida Bee, president of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. She said that so far they have not received an acknowledgement from the PMO, let alone a reply to their letter.
Nawab Khan, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha narrated a similar experience with the letter the four organisations wrote to the Chief Secretary of the state government in January this year. “In our letter we listed out the documentary evidence that points to deliberate attempts by the state government to mislead the Supreme Court on the matter of deaths and illnesses caused due to exposure to methyl isocyanate gas in December 1984. We requested him to direct the Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation to provide correct figures of deaths and illness from official reports and hospital records. But he has neither acknowledged receiving the letter nor sent a reply so far.”
“In January we also wrote to the Minister of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation not only to obtain correct figures of death and injuries but also to communicate these revised figures to the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. We have not heard from him yet. His continued silence on this matter is particularly intriguing because he claims he consistently raised the matter of Rs. 5 lakhs compensation to each Bhopal victim in the legislative assembly while he was in the opposition.” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.
Nausheen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide said “It is indeed very frustrating to correspond with insensitive officials running apathetic governments. Personal meetings are no better. We sought an appointment with the Chief Minister when he met him briefly on February 20th and 27th at his residence and all we have got so far are empty assurances.”
|Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
|Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
|Bhopal Group for Information and Action
|Children Against Dow Carbide
(Image from September 18th, 2014 Action at Chief Minister’s residence)
September 12, 2014
At a press conference today, five organizations working for the welfare of survivors of the December ‘84 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today announced that a group of survivors and their supporters would be going on an indefinite fast without water to remind the central government of its responsibilities towards the curative petition for compensation pending in the Supreme Court of India.
The organizations said that the government had filed a curative petition in the apex court on December 3, 2010, the 26th anniversary of the disaster seeking additional compensation from Union Carbide, USA and its owner The Dow Chemical Company, USA for the disaster in Bhopal.
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Sub: Ensure justice in the 30th year for those affected by poisons of Union Carbide & Dow Chemical.
To: Honourable Prime Minister
Government of India, North Block,Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110 011, Fax No. 011-23016857
September 12, 2014
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to you on behalf of five organizations working for the welfare of the survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal.
Through this letter and in continuation of our correspondence with your office since June 2010 we reiterate our demand that the governments at the centre and state must:
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