Shri Prakash Karat, General Secretary of CPI(M) has written to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister on the recommendations of the GoM on the Bhopal gas accident. We are herewith releasing the text of the letter.
Dear Dr. Manmohan Singhji,
It has been reported that the Group of Ministers set-up on the Bhopal gas accident has finalized a set of recommendations. It has also been reported that you have called a Cabinet meeting on June 25 to discuss the report of the GoM.
While appreciating your intention to take a speedy decision on the various matters concerning payment of enhanced compensation, medical treatment and the clean up measures to be taken at the site of the plant, I would request you to consider the following.
Since providing justice and adequate compensation for the victims of the gas tragedy has dragged on for 26 years, it is important that the views of the large number of people affected should be taken into account. Further, there are questions about who is liable for the damages and the remediation measures to be undertaken.
In view of this, I would request you to call a meeting of all political parties along with the representatives of the organizations of gas victims where the recommendations made by the GoM can be discussed.
It would be better if the Union Cabinet takes a final decision on the recommendations of the GoM after such a meeting.
With warm regards,