DYFI meet tomorrow; groups to hold meet on Saturday
The protests over Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas' recent remark that aerial spraying of Endosulfan has not been attributed to health hazards faced by hundreds of people in the district are gaining momentum with various organisations set to hold mass protests in the coming days.
The Democratic Youth Federation of India is organising a mass protest meeting at Bovikanam, near here, on Friday. Its State president, T.V. Rajesh, will inaugurate the meeting.
Environmental, cultural and human rights groups, in association with the Indian Lawyers' Congress State unit, a legal wing of the Congress, is organising an Endosulfan victims' rights proclamation conference at Muliyar, near here, on Saturday.
The programme, organised jointly by the Punchiri Arts Club, the Endosulfan People's Action Committee, Jeeva and Greenfox, would be inaugurated by the senior Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran, who had publically expressed anguish over the Minister's remark.
The organising groups have decided to take a pledge to work for ensuring free medical treatment, compensation and rehabilitation package to the victims in 11 panchayat areas where cashew estates had been sprayed with the pesticide. The victims lead a life of trauma and misery from mysterious, undiagnosed diseases.
The Students' Federation of India and the Janathipathya Mahila Association organised a demonstration here on Tuesday, protesting against the Union government for not demanding a ban on Endosulfan at a recent convention in Geneva recently.