Indian Supreme Court orders compensation for Bhopal gas victims

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court has approved a compensation plan for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster that killed more than 14,000 people. In July, the Supreme Court had ordered the central bank to pay the victims but no payments had been made. The plan calls for 15.67 billion rupees (343.5 million dollars) in compensation be distributed to survivors and families of the victims. The money will be paid on a pro-rata basis from November 15 to the 572,173 people whose claims have already been settled. Additionally, the court also ordered the state-run welfare commission to set aside six billion rupees for victims whose claims have not been settled. Union Carbide, the owner of the pesticide plant which caused the disaster, had paid the Indian government $470 million to settle all claims in 1989. Read more about the Bhopal tragedy here. AFP has more.

 

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