Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Thursday that a super specialty hospital would be set up in Kasaragod for treating people suffering from the ill effects of endosulfan.
Addressing a meeting of the Collectors here, the Chief Minister said the hospital was proposed in view of the difficulties faced by the victims in seeking medical aid outside the district.
Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told the media later that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been requested to visit the endosulfan affected areas of the district.
A survey for identifying the victims of pesticides in Idukki and Palakkad districts would be completed and assistance extended to them also.
The Minister said the government would give priority to addressing various land-related issues in Kerala. As to encroachments, the government wanted to settle the issues amicably and in accordance with the law. The government would take the necessary policy decisions in this regard after deliberations.
Asked whether it would use bulldozers to raze unauthorised constructions, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the government would not use violent means.
The conference discussed the blueprint for measures to be taken by the government in the next 100 days. As part of the plan, 6,037 tribal families would be given land under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act. Land would be found for distribution to 943 tribal people whose land had been alienated and 1,169 families who could hold to only small portion of their land.
Mr. Radhakrishnan said the Chief Minister would hold discussions with the evictees from Moolampally in Kochi regarding drawbacks in their rehabilitation.
Before that, he (Radhakrishnan) would visit the area with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer and V.M. Sudheeran who had raised the issue.
A State-level conference would be convened to solve problems related to implementation of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act in Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kollam districts.
In Thrissur, the Collector would convene a conference of those concerned and representatives of the people to sort out issues connected to mining of clay.
He said the government would address the rehabilitation of Chengara agitators on a priority basis. Land was to be found for 800 people who were still squatting at Chengara and others who could not adjust to the type of land allotted to them. Houses would be built for the residents of Bangladesh Colony in Kozhikode.
He said steps would be taken to increase the availability of sand and check its price. A survey would be undertaken to determine the availability of sand in the Kabani, Bharatapuzha, Chalakkudy, Karamana, Vamanapuram and Ithikkara rivers. Land would be made available for Central University in Kasaragod urgently.
Keywords: endosulfan victims