Endosulfan issue: NHRC cautions Kerala govt

Last Updated: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 22:32

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has cautioned Kerala that it will be forced to move Supreme Court if the state government does not pay adequate
compensation to endosulfan victims.

The decision, which was taken at a meeting of the full
bench of the Commission on October 31, asked the state
government to submit a report within four weeks.

The Commission was not satisfied with the compensation
paid by the government and felt that it was not reasonable
amount, an NHRC spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the Commission, in its letter,
has stated that it will be constrained to file a writ petition
in the Supreme Court to get its order for compensation be paid
to the endosulfan victims in Kerala`s Kasargode area.

The NHRC has asked the Kerala government that it
should pay monetary relief to the victims without any further
delay.

On December 31 last year, the Commission through a
detailed order had recommended that the state should pay at
least Rs five lakh to the next of kin of those who died and to
those who were fully bed ridden/unable to move without help or
mentally retarded.

Similarly, the rights body fixed Rs three lakh as the
compensation amount for those who are afflicted with other
disabilities.

PTI




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