People exposed to endosulfan are now being paid pension ranging between Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, which depended on the extent of disability.

Karnatak Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader said the State Government is considering raising the disability pension for endosulfan victims from Rs. 500 - Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000 - Rs. 3,000.

Talking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a function on Monday, Mr. Khader said increase in the pension amount was among the several demands of endosulfan victims. People exposed to endosulfan are now being paid pension ranging between Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, which depended on the extent of disability.

Mr. Khader said the proposal to increase the pension was before the general district committee for endosulfan headed by District in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai.

Mr. Khader said District Health Officer had been asked to identify the private hospital that would provide free treatment facility for endosulfan victims.

“He has been asked to identify the hospital with which the State government will sign a memorandum of understanding. The State government will bear all the cost of treatment,” he said.

Mr. Khader said process had been initiated to get ambulances for transporting severely disabled endosulfan victims.

Issues of victims

The District Health and Family Welfare department has identified 2,479 persons affected by endosulfan in Dakshina Kannada.

The government has set up a general committee and an executive committee at the district level to look into the issues of endosulfan victims.

A petition has been filed by the former High Court Judge K.L. Manjunath before the High Court pointing out lack of rehabilitation for endosulfan victims.

Activist and researcher Ravindranath Shanbhag has also impleaded himself in the petition pointing to woes faced by endosulfan victims.

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