(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 27, 2010
GoM Recommendations: Not Good Enough
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of
Group of Ministers constituted to look into the measures to be taken on
there are two serious problems regarding the recommendations. Firstly, the compensation package offered is
based on flawed estimation of deaths and injuries and the amount of
compensation offered remains meagre.
Secondly, there is no serious effort to make the Dow Chemical
which took over the Union Carbide, liable for the damages and
compensation. The entire expenses for the
remediation and environmental clean up at the
Dow Chemical has invested and set up a number of enterprises in
In view of the vital issues of providing justice and adequate compensation to the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy and the implementation of the “polluter pays principle” in full, the government should call a meeting of all political parties and representatives of the gas victims to discuss the recommendations of the GoM before the Union Cabinet takes a decision.