Endosulfan victims being rehabilitated, HC told

The State government on Monday informed the Kerala High Court that it has been taking earnest efforts for the comprehensive rehabilitation of endosulfan victims in Kasaragod district, which include monetary compensation and health rehabilitation.

In an affidavit filed before the High Court, the government pointed out that so far identity cards had been issued to 3,600 endosulfan victims and cards would be distributed to the remaining persons within two weeks. Besides monetary compensation, the government had decided to write off certain loans taken by the victims. The waiver of loan was subject to certain conditions.

The committee constituted for the purpose in 2014 had distributed application forms to endosulfan victims which required them to show the details of the loans taken from different banks. Once applications were received, one-to-one hearing was conducted by the Deputy Collector in charge of rehabilitation and a total of 1,191 beneficiates were identified for loan waiver benefits and an amount of Rs.10,90,76,648 had been sanctioned by the government for the purpose.

The government had also issued an order for granting compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to completely bed-ridden patients and Rs.3 lakh each to those who had other disability and Rs.5 lakh each to mentally challenged patients.

It was being provided as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission.

The statement said that the rehabilitation packages in respect of the endosulfan victims in the district of Kasaragod were an ongoing process.

Besides monetary compensation, the government has decided to write off certain loans taken by the victims.