Bhopal: The Madhya
Pradesh government has issued orders for monthly pension of Rs.1,000
for the next five years to the widows of victims of the Union
Carbide gas tragedy, a release said here Thursday.
The statement said that the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Relief And
Rehabilitation Department has issued directives for the distribution
of pension among the widows.
The Gas Relief Commissioner has already awarded compensation in
5,245 death cases.
The widows, who had been paid Rs.1 lakh after the death of their
husbands, will be eligible for the pension.
The Union Carbide disaster, in which poisonous methyl isocyanate
(MIC) gas leaked from the plant on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984,
killed 3,000 people instantly and 25,000 over the years. It also
affected 100,000 people that night and estimates are that more than
500,000 continue to suffer from ill effects of the gas till date.