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The Bhopal gas tragedy continues to be a tragic reminder of the need for strong safety regulations and corporate responsibility in order to protect lives and livelihoods while minimising negative impact from industries. Discuss.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

1. The Bhopal gas tragedy continues to be a tragic reminder of the need for strong safety regulations and corporate responsibility in order to protect lives and livelihoods while minimising negative impact from industries. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference:  Indian Express ,  Insights on India

Why the question: 

The Supreme Court on March 14 dismissed a curative petition filed by the Centre, seeking additional funds from Union Carbide Corporations’ successor firms for extending higher compensation to victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, which led to the deaths of 3,000 people and caused significant environmental damage.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about Bhopal gas tragedy and the steps that are put in place to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the Bhopal Gas tragedy, the deadliest chemical disaster witnessed in India.

Body:

First, write about chemical disasters and impact of such disasters such as loss of lives, property, harm to surrounding environment etc.

Next, mention the steps that are put in place to prevent such disasters – Explosives Act 1884 Petroleum Act 1934, Factories Act 1948, Insecticides Act 1968, Environment Protection Act 1986              Motor Vehicles Act 1988, Public Liability Insurance Act 1991, Disaster Management Act 2005

Next, write about remaining vigilant in order to prevent such disasters from recurring.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing about a way forward.