Congress workers and members of various organisations on Wednesday took part in a day-long protest demanding compensation and other assistances for victims of endosulfan in Puttur, Bantwal, Bellthangady, and Sullia taluks. The protest was held under the aegis of Endosulfan Virodhi Samiti headed by All India Congress Committee member P.V. Mohan.
Addressing the protestors, former MLA from Puttur Shakuntala Shetty said the victims and their parents had been going through a harrowing period.
“Though they have limbs, they cannot use them…” It has been difficult for poor parents to take care of children with disability resulting from endosulfan. Ms. Shetty said victims’ parents need support to take care of their children after their (parents) death. Ms. Shetty said the State as well as the Union government should come forward to support the victims and their parents.
Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, who paid a brief visit to express his solidarity, said the victims were spread across the four taluks of Dakshina Kannada and other areas, including Kundapur. Mr. Fernandes said he has apprised Union Minister for Health Gulam Nabi Azad about the situation and the need for assistance. Mr. Azad has assured of taking appropriate action at the earliest.
“We do not want these people to undergo a similar fate as that of Bhopal gas victims,” he said.
Companies manufacturing endosulfan had to provide compensation, he added.