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Govt wants 1,500 cr from Dow Chemicals
Published on 15 Aug. 2010 11:27 PM IST
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More than 20 years after the Supreme Court-supervised Bhopal gas victims compensation package of $470 million was worked out, the Centre has decided to seek more than Rs 1,500 crore extra from Dow Chemicals and its subsidiary Union Carbide. This meant to be additional relief for the victims.
The ministry of chemicals and fertilisers is putting the finishing touches to the curative petition that wants the 1989 compensation package worked out between Union Carbide Corporation and the Union government to be reworked.
A petition seeking a review of the February 1989 judgment was dismissed on October 3, 1991.
Given the decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to uniformly give Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the kin of those who died in the worst ever industrial disaster on December 2-3, 1984, when deadly methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the UCC plant in Bhopal, the ministry feels that the gradation made by the Supreme Court for compensation was not correct.
Moreover, the apex court helped UCC and the government reach a figure of $470 million on the basis of the assumption that there were 3,000 deaths and the number of injured was around 20,000.

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