The administration has decided to sanction Rs.3.28 crore to provide relief to 269 more victims of endosulfan in the district. According to an order issued by Collector P.S. Mohammed Sagir, the amount, as first instalment, will be disbursed to the victims categorised under the National Human Rights Commission norms.

They were among the 1,318 victims shortlisted at the medical camps held in August and December 2011.

Twelve bedridden victims would be paid Rs.1.5 lakh each as the first instalment, a release said. A total of 106 mentally challenged persons will get the same amount. A sum of Rs.1.51 crore would be paid to 151 victims with varying physical disabilities. They would get Rs.1 lakh each as the first instalment.

The NHRC had recommended Rs.5 lakh each as compensation to the bedridden and mentally challenged victims and Rs.3 lakh each to the other categories of victims with complex diseases.

They would be eligible for free ration, treatment, and their ration cards would be brought under the BPL category besides other monetary assistance such as pension for the care givers. The government also has accorded discretionary powers to the district administration to provide relief to the victims of cancer, attributed to the spraying of the pesticide at the cashew estates at 11 panchayat limits.

The administration will hold a meeting of the reconstituted Endosulfan Relief and Remediation cell at the Collectorate at 11 a.m. on May 11 to review the relief works. The meeting will be presided over by Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan.

  • Rs.3.28 crore to be sanctioned to 269 victims

  • Discretionary powers to district administration