Planning Commission releases Rs.982 crore for victims

Updated - December 04, 2021 10:52 pm IST

Published - June 19, 2010 12:06 am IST - NEW DELHI

Hours before the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram met on Friday, the Planning Commission is understood to have released Rs.982 crore to the Madhya Pradesh government for rehabilitation of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.

There was no official word on the reported approval of funds. The funds released for sustainable economic and medical rehabilitation of the victims would need the approval of the GoM, official sources said.

It is understood that the GoM will give broad guidelines on the use of the funds.

The State's proposal, in the shape of an action plan, had been pending for long with the Commission. It had earlier rejected the action plan on the grounds that the proposals were not convincing. However, changes and circumstances and public outrage against the low compensation for the victims are understood to have forced the Commission to review its stand and release the funds.

In its proposal, the State government accepted that 16,000 people had died and 5,000 women were widowed in the 1984 disaster due to the toxic waste that polluted the environment in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.

The action plan for rehabilitation is divided into four components — medical, economic, social and environmental.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.