Balakrishnan to visit people affected by endosulfan in Kerala
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 22:25
New Delhi: NHRC Chairman KG Balakrishnan will on Saturday visit villages in Kerala's Kasargode where people were affected by aerial spraying of insecticide endosulfan in cashew nut plantations.

Balakrishnan, who is leading an 18-member team to the villages like Padre and Enmakaje in the northern district of Kerala, will examine whether people affected by endosulfan spraying were properly looked after by the administration.

"The mandate of the tour is not to address the issue of banning endosulfan. The Chairperson will look into whether the rights of the affected people were taken care of," a senior NHRC official said.

The team will check issues like whether there are proper medical facilities available for affected people.

The team will interact with NGOs and social workers working in these villages to get a feedback of the initiatives taken by the administration, the official said.

The controversy over aerial spraying of endosulfan has been raging in in cashew plantations owned by Plantation Corporation of Kerala in Kasargode.

Studies had claimed that this was the prime reason for various kinds of physical and neurological disorders seen among people residing in these areas.


First Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 22:25

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