KERALA

Rehabilitation village for endosulfan victims soon

The State government on Wednesday informed the Kerala High Court that it had been decided to set up a well-equipped rehabilitation village for endosulfan victims in Kasaragod.

The village would have facilities for providing continuous treatment and vocational training to the victims. In a statement, the government said that at a meeting convened by the Chief Minster on July 1, 2014, it was decided to dispose of old stock of endosulfan lying in the godowns of Plantation Corporation.

It was also decided to increase the monthly pension for endosulfan victims by Rs.200.

The statement pointed out that the second instalment of the compensation had been disbursed to victims. Demand drafts had been handed over to the bedridden victims at their homes. The first instalment of the special financial assistance had also been given to the bedridden, mentally-retarded, and physically-disabled victims.

The government said that V.N. Jithendran, Director, Social Justice, had been designed as nodal officer for coordinating rehabilitation programmes.

The government made the submission following a High Court directive to furnish periodic reports on the progress of various relief measures being implemented for the victims.