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Compensation to Endosulfan victims: Kerala partially complies with NHRC order

Acting on the orders of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on payment of compensation to the families of those killed due to the effects of pesticide Endosulfan and those who were physically affected, the Kerala government has sent a report partially complying with the order.

The State Government has said regarding payment of Rs. Five lakh to the bed ridden/unable to move victims Rs.3 lakh will be given. As the first step this amount will be given in two installments of Rs. 1.5 lakh each.

The balance Rs. 2 lakh will be treated/considered as deposit and the beneficiaries will be given a monthly assistance of Rs. 2,000 for five years equal to the return for long term deposit of the solatium amount. The deposited amount of Rs. 2 Lakhs will be returned to them as lump sum after two years.

The Commission, accepting the proposal, has asked the State Government that it pay monetary relief in the similar manner to the family of those who succumbed to diseases caused by Endosulfan.

It may be recalled that the Commission on December 31, 2010, ordered that the Government of Kerala should pay at least Rs.5 lakhs to the family of those who died and to those who were fully bed ridden/unable to move without help or mentally retarded and Rs.3 lakh to those who have got other disability.

As regards payment of Rs. 3 lakhs to other disabled persons, the Commission has agreed with the State Government’s submission that in the first step, Rs. 2 lakhs will be disbursed in two instalments. Rs. 1 lakh will be treated as Deposit and the beneficiaries will be given a monthly assistance of Rs. 1,000 for five years equal to the return of the solatium amount. After five years, Rs. 1 lakh will be returned to the beneficiaries in lump sum.

The State Government has also submitted a detailed account of the steps taken by it in ensuring diagnostic and health care facilities; rehabilitation and welfare measures for the victims of Endosulfan in the affected region of Kasargod District. According to a preliminary survey conducted in 7,275 houses in Muthalamada Panchayat except Parambikulam and 1,995 houses in Kollengode Panchayat, 46 persons were identified as Endosulfan victims.

The Commission has directed the State Government to give a report in eight weeks on the payments made.

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