New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre on a demand raised by the employees of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) for parity on pay scales applicable for other government hospitals based on sixth pay commission.

The BMHRC was set up to provide treatment to the victims of Bhopal Gas tragedy of 1984.

"An important aspect has been brought to our notice that the staff of the hospital demanding the pay scales of Sixth pay commission and the government had agreed in principle," a bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The court also asked the Madhya Pradesh government to file its response on the recommendations of the Apex Court appointed Monitoring Committee by which it is seeking to empower itself.

The Apex Court had appointed the Monitoring Committee to look after the treatment of Bhopal gas victims in the hospitals in the state other than the BMHRC.

When the state government said it was not having the recommendation of the monitoring committee, the bench asked the counsel for the petitioner Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan to hand over the copy. The recommendation seeks empowerment of the Monitoring Committee so that it could take up the matter on the basis of the complaint made by any individual gas victims or representatives of the organisations of gas victims against any individual official of the Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation.

The eight recommendations also include powers to engage the services of the experts in different fields for the assessment of quality of care or for the implementation of its recommendations.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on January 9.

(Agencies)