While the country is fighting with coronavirus peril, a serious incident has occurred in Visakhapatnam that reminded of ‘Bhopal gas leakage accident’. Eleven persons are killed and many more are in serious condition. Since the accused in 1984 ‘Bhopal gas leakage accident’ have still not been punished, the 20,000 dead and 5,00,000 injured are still deprived of the justice. To avoid the repeat of this incident, the Government should take strict action against the accused responsible of Visakhapatnam incident. Similarly, to ensure that such tragedies do not happen again in the country, the projects where poisonous gases are used should be inspected immediately and survey of such products should be carried out, demands Hindu Janajagruti Samiti with the Central and State Governments.
As much the concerned industry is responsible for the gas leakage, the Environment Department which is supposed to ensure the strict implementation of safety in such plants and the concerned Government machinery are equally responsible. Therefore, stringent action should be taken against the officers and employees of the Government Department along with the accused industry.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has experienced in many instances that the Government machinery in the Environment Department is woefully neglecting the problems of solid waste, biochemical waste and illegal slaughterhouses. Samiti has given many fights for taking action against such corrupt and shirking Government employees from time to time either by filing public interest litigations, lodging complaints with the Government or holding agitations. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti appeals to the people for participating in this ‘Good Governance Campaign’ started by Samiti.