: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the State government to furnish the details of the dependents of endosulfan victims who had been granted compensation as directed by the National Human Rights Commission.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K. Vinod Chandran directed the government to inform the court whether those who had received the compensation were the genuine dependents of those who died due to endosulfan exposure or those who had been bedridden. The government should also provide the full details of the persons who received the compensation.

Government pleader informed the court that a total of Rs.21 crore had been awarded as compensation. As many as 1,600 persons received the compensation amount.

The court issued the directive on a public interest writ petition seeking a directive to the government to take follow-up action on the welfare and rehabilitation measures of endosulfan victims.

The petition was filed by B.C. Kumaran of Kasaragod. He said though the government issued an order forming the district-level cell on October 15, 2011, there had not been any follow-up action.

The National Human Rights Commission had recommended a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to the dependents of those who had died as well as those who had been bedridden due to exposure to endosulfan. The commission had also recommended a compensation of Rs.3 lakh each to those who sustained severe injuries.

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