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Gaur is a “compassionate” person

Posted on: April 16, 2010

Babulal Gaur, former chief minister and now minister of Bhopal gas relief and rehabilitation, is a “compassionate” person, always “concerned” with the plight of the Bhopal gas victims. He has very kindly released Rs 1.8 crore from his department for providing drinking water to the 14 localities in the immediate vicinity of the erstwhile Union Carbide factory from where the deadly MiC gas had leaked one cold night in the early December of 1984.

A division bench of the Supreme Court had directed the State government in May 2004 to take immediate measures to ensure supply of potable drinking water to the residents of these 14 localities. The directive was repeated by the apex court a few times more. An amount of Rs 14 crore was specifically earmarked for providing drinking water to the gas affected localities under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) of the Central government a year or so after the Supreme Court directive. Earlier, in 1997 the Central government had released Rs three crore for providing drinking water supply to these localities.

Gaur, now in his late 70s, probably believes that if the residents of these localities could survive the poisonous MiC gas, they could easily survive without potable drinking water for half a century. As for the money already released for the purpose, Gaur has to be “compassionate” to the officials who have pocketed that money. After all, Gaur has to ensure a “bright future” for his daughter-in-law Krishna Gaur who was not long ago elected Mayor of Bhopal Municipal Corporation and who has made her debut by taking Corporation officials on a pilgrimage to Hardwar with the Corporation’s money.

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