Steps to be expedited to publish complete list of victims

All endosulfan victims will be given due compensation by the government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

According to a press note issued here on Sunday, the Chief Minister informed this to Kasaragod MP P. Karunakaran and Kasaragod district panchayat president P.P. Syamala Devi during a discussion he had with them.

“What has been published now is a preliminary list of completely bed-ridden endosulfan victims. Some people mistook this for the final list of victims. The government will speed up work on the publication of the final list after rectifying the mistakes in the preliminary list,” the press note quoted Mr. Chandy as saying. Minister for Social Eelfare M.K. Muneer, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar and Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan would visit Kasaragod next week. After discussions with the MP, the district panchayat president and the local MLAs, they would submit a report to the government, which would then act on the report, Mr. Chandy told the meeting.

A committee would be constituted to examine various issues relating to this, including the question of extending the moratorium on the repayment of loans of victims. In June itself, the government had issued necessary orders for implementing the directive of the Human Rights Commission, Mr. Chandy added.

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