Ex-gratia aid to Bhopal gas victims

1407 claimants given Rs. 2.19 crore

Rs.4.33 crore disbursed in 57 death cases

Bhopal, January 6, 2011 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):   In compliance with the order issued by the Government of India on June 24, 2010 and subsequent approval by the Welfare Commissioner on December 12, 2010, the ex-gratia disbursement work was commissioned on December 19, 2010 in the state capital under the direction of the Welfare Commissioner. In this respect, the government has benefited about 46 thousand such Bhopal Gas Victims, who have already received more than Rs. 25 thousand under the basic claim case. From December 19, 2010 to December 31, 2010, of the total 868 cases, as many as 2033 notices were issued. In 10 days, a total 1407 claimants were present in the hearing by three Tribunals. In all, a sum of Rs. two crore 19 lakh 4069 was ordered to be paid to these claimants. Disbursement in death category, hearing into the cases was started from January 3, 2011. In two working days in 57 cases total 156 beneficiaries have been awarded a sum of Rs. four crore 33 lakh 85 thousand 109.   The two Control Rooms, one at Head Office of the Welfare Commissioner and another at Shahjehanabad Old District Court Premises, are working. For any information or inquiry about the claim cases and other necessary information related to it, gas victims can call on 2551315 or 2748702 during office hours.

The whole disbursement procedure has been kept very simple and computerized. Claimants will receive the notice by Speed Post, wherein it is made clear that claimant, alongwith the earlier orders, bank passbook, Photo Identity Proof and four current photographs, have to remain present before the Court on the date mentioned in the notice. After hearing of the case, Payment Orders will be given to the claimants on the same date. Thereafter, within five days the amount will be transferred to their account through E.C.S. In case of non-receipt of notice, the claimants on the basis of Cause List published in the newspapers, can appear before the Tribunal. In cases of lapse of hearing date due to non-receipt of notice or otherwise, claimant can request the Court for another date.