Endosulfan victims stage protest in Kerala

Victims of Endosulfan pesticide and their family members on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the State secretariat here demanding immediate disbursal of compensation to them.

Women and small children were among those who participated in the protest inaugurated by opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan.

The organisers said the Kerala Human Rights Commission had five years ago ordered the State government to disburse the compensation.

However, a statement from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s office has stated that the United Democratic Front government had disbursed Rs. 150.71 crore as compenstation to the victims.

Endosulfan, a pesticide, which is not easily degradable after its spraying, contaminated the soil and water in Kerala and found its way into the food chain, affecting people. — PTI