(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 27, 2010
by the prime
minister to go into an assortment of issues regarding the
The said recommendations of the relate to the issue of compensation for the gas victims, the state governmentís decision to distribute compensation after 26 years of the disaster, and the allocation of a relief and rehabilitation package of Rs 982 crore by the Planning Commission.
The CPI(M) has demanded that the government must clarify its stand on some of the issues before announcing any concrete decision on the GoM recommendations. These are as below.
First, the amount of the relief and rehabilitation package must be decided in accordance with the impact of gas on the life and living conditions of the people, their capacity to work and the possibility of getting jobs, and the impact the disaster has left on the environment. The CPI(M)ís opinion is that the declared amount is very small on these criteria.
Second, at the time of distribution of compensation last year, the Supreme Court has made the mistake not only of deciding only a nominal amount but also of using a fraudulent classification for the purpose. The result was that even the 90 per cent gas affected victims were either fully deprived of compensation or received a pittance of only Rs 25,000 that was not adequate even for minimal bandaging etc. Hence the CPI(M) has demanded that any such fraudulent medical classification must not be used for fixation and distribution of compensation in the future.
Third, if the
central and state
governments think that they can get rid of their obligations by doling
a small amount, they are living in a world of illusions. The CPI(M)
must clearly declare that the
Fourth, the CPI(M)
that the roles of some statesmen, the judiciary and the administration
treated as cognisable offences meant to shield the real culprits, that
Carbide boss Warren Anderson must be brought to
The CPI(M) is
the process of contacting other Left parties, progressive organisations
individuals to mass opinion on these issues, and would soon hold a