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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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’

  5. The biggest tragedy in Mumbai • Biggest terrorists attack • 7 blasts in 10 minutes • 1077 victims • 187 deaths • 890 injured

  6. 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.

  7. Status of cases filed at Railway Claim Tribunal

  8. 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

  9. Ex-gratia compensation paid Mumbai Police has officially declared the list of dead – 187 and Injured – 890 Total - 1077

  10. Apathy & Red-tapism - An exampleThane Collectorate after intimating could not pay ‘Due to lack of Fund’

  11. 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”.

  12. 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

  13. ·  Railway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation·     State Govt. refused to pay compensation

  14. ·        Railway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation·        State Govt. says Minor Injury – paid Rs.5,000 compensation

  15. Analysis of 100 Grievances

  16. Victims with major injuries suffering for treatment (sample)

  17. Victims with major injuries suffering Hearing Problem (sample)…

  18. Victims with major injuries suffering Hearing Problem (sample)…

  19. Victims with major injuries suffering Hearing Problem (sample)…

  20. Victims with major injuries suffering Hearing Problem (sample)…

  21. Keen of Death facing harrasment (sample)…

  22. State Govt’s Commitment – Official Affidavit to NHRC

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. State Govt’s Commitment – Official Proceedings of Maharashtra

  27. Shri L.K. Advani Visited to Coma Patient Amit Singh at Jaslok Hospital on 9/6/07

  28. Shri L.K. Advani Visited to Coma Patient Parag Sawant at Hinduja Hospital on 9/6/07

  29. Bomb blast victims meet of 11/6/07

  30. Mr.Dhiraj Rathod lost his right hand facing harassment from the system

  31. Victim struggling for medical treatment / surgeries

  32. Victim struggling for medical treatment / surgeries

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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.