Cheruvathur: Giving the much-needed solace, the State Government on Saturday formally adopted eight-year-old orphaned twins whose parents died of HIV infection four years ago.

At a function organised by the Cheruvathur grama panchayat, Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said the Government would fully take care of the needs of Amal and Amrutha and handed over Rs.25,000 as first instalment to grama panchayat president Munambath Govindan.

`Keraleeyam,' a welfare organisation run by the State Social Welfare Department, has been entrusted with the job of taking care of the needs of the children who will stay at their Vengot house built by the grama panchayat at a cost of Rs.9.50 lakhs last year.

Amal, who is HIV positive, and his sister Amrutha, are studying in class three. The plight of the children became more explicit after their grandmother Janaki, who was looking after them since the demise of their parents in 2002, died of old age last month.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sreemathy said the Government was planning to meet the expenses of costly treatments like major surgery of those below the poverty line. She reiterated that the victims of Endosulfan pesticide in the northern Kasaragod district would be provided with free medical treatment and free travel concession cards.

Among those who attended the function included local MLAs Pallipram Balan and K.Kunhiraman besides a few office0bearers of Keralayeem.