Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Sunday
decided to seek a financial package of Rs.242 crores to pay
compensation to the people suffering due to the environment
and health problems caused by the use of endosulfan pesticide
in some plantatios in Kasargod district.
Briefing reporters after a special cabinet meeting here,State
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan wanted Centre to approve the
rehabilitation pacakage for endosulfan victims worked out of
the state to a tune of Rs.125 crores and the additional
finacial assistance of Rs.117 crores recommended of National
Human Rights Commission.
On other cabinet decisions, Achuthanandan said state would
stand guarantee to the loan of Rs1490 crores to be availed
by Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited, the special
purpose vehicle formed by the state to facilitate development
of the port, from the consortium of banks led by State Bank of
The Malabar Port has been selected as the partner for the
development of Ponnani Harbour by the bid evaluation
committee, he said.
Cabinet also decided to implement wage revision in eight
public sector units including Travancore Titanium Products
Ltd, Traco Cables, Steel Industries, Coir Corporation, United
Industries Ltd and Bamboo Corporation, he said.