Adhaar is the identity document for ex gratia payment to victims of Bhopal disaster

Newsroom24x7 Staff

 

The abandoned Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal -the capital of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh . It was from this multinational US contraption that tonnes of deadly Methyl isocyanate (MIC) had leaked on the midnight of 2 and 3 December 1984, killing thousands of citizens and critically wounding hundreds of thousand others.

Bhopal: Office of the Welfare Commissioner, Bhopal Gas Victims, in the State capital, which is functioning since 1992 under the Department of Chemicals and Petro- Chemicals (DCPC), Government of India, for speedy adjudication, award and disbursement of compensation to the survivors and families of the victims of the Bhopal gas Leak Disaster, has asked the beneficiaries of the compensation scheme to get themselves enrolled for Aadhaar by 30 June 2017.

Under the compensation scheme,  called Ex-gratia to Bhopal Gas Victims, the cash compensation is paid to certain eligible categories of gas victims on a one-time basis.

In order to put the gas victims’ scheme on the DBT platform, the DCPC has issued a notification on 6 March 2017 under the relevant sections of Aadhar Act, 2016 in consultation with UIDAI.

In this Photo, extreme left, is Lalit Shastri, Editor Newsroom24x7 and author of “Bhopal Disaster-an eyewitness account”. He is  seen talking to the hapless parents of a little child struggling for life after inhaling the poisonous gas that leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal on the midnight of December 2-3, 1984.

Under the DCPC notification, the beneficiaries of the scheme are required to get themselves enrolled for Aadhaar by 30 June 2017, if they are not already enrolled. In case, beneficiaries of the scheme are unable to enroll for Aadhar due to non- availability of Aadhaar enrollment centres, they have been advised to contact Deepak Bansal, Dy. Welfare Commissioner, at the officer of the Welfare Commissioner, Bhopal Gas Victims, Bhopal. He is the nominated officer to facilitate the beneficiaries vis-a-vis the Aadhaar Card.

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