11 July Mumbai-Bomb Blast 416 suffering for Financial Compensation, Medical Help, Hearing Aids, Hearing Surgeries, Artificial Limbs... 187 Dead – 890 Injured Story of Humiliation, Suffering & Apathy Dr. KIRIT SOMAIYA, Ex-Member of Parliament, BJP National Executive Member 9 JULY’ 2007
7/11 Mumbai Bomb Blast – Status of Action – Relief – Rehab - Treatment • 1 year over – shattered 1077 families. • Struggle for relief & rehabilitation …continues • Red-tapism, Apathy…. goes on… • Commitments of Relief, Rehabilitation, Medicine yet to complete. • Government refused hearing aids / surgeries / artificial limbs / medical treatment.
Action – Relief– Rehab–Treatment… • Ex-gratia compensation (immediate relief) yet to be completed. • State govt. paid to 884 while Railway 1058. • Railway Claim Tribunal only 174 Claims / Payment completed. • Compensation was taxable (33%) Exemption G.R. came in June 2007
Action – Relief– Rehab–Treatment… • Hamal, Helper, Peon Jobs offered to Professionals, Educated • Only 44 could got appointments / job. • 225 victims taking treatment on their own • Appeal, Mumbaikar-Govt come forward- complete the requirement to give victim ‘New Life’
The biggest tragedy in Mumbai • Biggest terrorists attack • 7 blasts in 10 minutes • 1077 victims • 187 deaths • 890 injured
Status of Railway Claim Tribunal • Special Bench announced in Aug’ 2006 • Special Bench formed in Dec’ 2006 • Only 5 Sitting till now • 515 Claims filed in all • 164 Death cases Disposed • 339 Injured claims filed, of which 10 Disposed • Others not able to file claims due to apathy, non-cooperation, harassments.
Compassionate Jobs in Railway • ‘Majak’ with family of Dead-victim • Railway offering jobs in ‘D’ Grade only • Jobs offered Helper, Hamal, Peon… • Post graduate, professionals, widows offered jobs as Helper - Peon • Irritating inhuman behaviour • Of 235 Eligible – Only 118 applied & 44 joined • Victims lost hand, leg were refused as they “lost 65% of limb instead of 70%” • Victims/families eligible are sufferer of red-tapism
Ex-gratia compensation paid Mumbai Police has officially declared the list of dead – 187 and Injured – 890 Total - 1077
Apathy & Red-tapism - An exampleThane Collectorate after intimating could not pay ‘Due to lack of Fund’
Apathy of system • Apathy of system is evident from the incident • Hon’ble President sent donation of Rs.25 lacs from Rashtrapati Bhavan for the medical treatment of the hearing loss of the Blast victims. • The cheque was sent to Govt./BMC Hospital. • The same was returned to Rashtrapati Bhavan with observation, “There is no need of such help”.
Study – Analysis of 100 Grievances… • Yuvak Pratishthan study & analysed grievances of 100 victims (sample) • 6 cases – Railway paid Rs.50,000 as Major Injury, State refused- “you were not in that train blast” • 12 cases – Railway paid Rs.50,000 each for Major Injury. State Govt. declared it Minor Injury & sanctioned Rs.5,000
· Railway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation· State Govt. refused to pay compensation
· Railway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation· State Govt. says Minor Injury – paid Rs.5,000 compensation
State Govt. Affidavit to NHRC…Response & Commitment • As per the mutual decision, medical bills are being reimbursed by the Western Railways • Collectors of Mumbai City, Suburban District & Thane have been advised to collect copies of FIR from the Police Department (ATS) and provide to the persons requiring it. • As was decided with the WR, Railways have made the reimbursement of medical bills. • State Govt. has already made the payment to 502 person receiving grievous injuries as on 10 Oct. 2006
State Govt. Affidavit to NHRC…Response & Commitment • State Govt. has so far made payments to 132 persons receiving minor injuries as on 10 Oct. 2006 • Public Health Department directed all the hospitals, both Government & Private, not to collect payment from the patinets for medical treatment. • Govt. of Maharasthra is periodically monitoring the status of disbursement of payment to the private hospitals and expediting the matter. • Hearing aids can be made available to the patients when demanded
Maharashtra State Human Rights CommissionResponses & Notices issued.. • Filed petition with Maharasthra State Human Rights Commission • Notices issued to Principal Secretary, Relief & Rehabilitation Dept., GoM • Directing them to submit all the detail information on affidavit regarding • total number of victims identified • Compensation paid to them till date • Medical aid, monetary compensation & their rehabilitation
Shri L.K. Advani Visited to Coma Patient Amit Singh at Jaslok Hospital on 9/6/07
Shri L.K. Advani Visited to Coma Patient Parag Sawant at Hinduja Hospital on 9/6/07
We Urge… • Early process of claim settlement • Daily hearing of Railway Claim Tribunal Bench • Special Team to attend & give Medical Help • Special Cell to attend Job applications • State govt. to disburse compensation for remaining 200 victims • Healing Touch to Defeat Intention of Terrorism • Fulfillment of commitment before 11 July 07 • Justice • Complete rehabilitation of victims
Action Plan Suggested… • Amend guideline and provide artificial limbs, hearing aids, etc. • All medical expenses be reimbursed • Directives be issued to complete payment of ex-gratia immediately • Proper job of ‘C’ or ‘D’ Grade as per qualification and need of the person - amend directives
Action Plan Suggested… • Railway Claims Dept. should be asked to approach each and every affected family and get claim filed. • Number of victims differs from Department to Department, Ministry to Ministry and Government to Government. One final list of 1077 prepared by Police/Railway should be treated as the base list. • All the concerned Departments be asked to provide legally eligible help to minimum 1077 families. • A Coordination Committee under the Chairmanship of Additional General Manager, Western Railway, Rehabilitation Secretary, Police Commissioner & Petitioner • Publication of weekly Progress Report.