Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy on Monday asked the State government to adopt the families of Endosulfan victims who are leading a prolonged life of misery and trauma, saying that providing mere medical facilities to the affected was not sufficient.
‘‘The State government should, in fact, adopt the entire victims of the Endosulfan spraying in the cashew estates of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala in Kasaragod,” Mr. Chandy.
The Opposition leader, who visited a few family members of the worst affected Enmakaje, Badiyadukka, Vidyagiri and Pallathadkka, urged the government to provide job to the kin of the affected to help them sustain their families.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Chandy visited the dwelling places of Chengara agitators who were allotted land near Periye and urged the government to take steps to implement the rehabilitation package offered to the settlers saying the present package was quite inadequate. The Left Democratic Front government, it seemed, had failed to effectively implement the rehabilitation package, Mr. Chandy told reporters.
The laterite land allotted to the settlers is not worthy of any kind of cultivation and the settler families numbering about 160 should be accommodated in a better place to eke out a decent living, Mr. Chandy said on seeing the plight of the few settlers who are not provided any basic amenities in the allotted land.