Committee to address endosulfan issues in 3 districts: Khader

Government to conduct tests to check quality of ground water in the state

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader has said that committees have been constituted in DK, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts to ensure that all the problems faced by endosulfan victims are addressed. The committee will also keep a tab on the compensation which will be given to the beneficiaries.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme, he said that the committees will be headed by District-in-Charge Minister of the respective districts and the Deputy Commissioner will be the member Secretary. The MLAs, officers and two NGO representatives will also be part of the committee.

“The responsibility of the government does not end with distributing compensation. A package is complete, only when the overall development of the patient is looked after,” he said.

“I have ordered for a survey in the endosulfan affected areas, to study the issues, to provide permanent solutions for the problems. With an aim to take care of children who are affected with endosulfan, there are plans to construct permanent care centres with good nursing facilities. There is a proposal to identify three acre land for the purpose,” he said.

Khader revealed that he had visited Neettanige-Mudnoor near Karnataka-Kerala border, where a NGO had claimed that the expired endosulfan has been buried in a well. The DC and Puttur tahsildar has also collected the details on the same.

District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai said that tests will be done in Karnataka region, to check if the ground water is contaminated. He also said that a meeting will be held with Kerala government to discuss the issue.

Free check-ups

The State government is working towards enhancing health of the people. There are plans to provide free BP and diabetics check-up in primary health centres.

There are also plans of establishing cancer detection centres in taluks, so that cancer can be detected in early stages and effective treatment can be delivered. This centres will be beneficial, especially to poor who cannot avail treatment in super-speciality hospitals, he said.

Elephant corridor

To a query on elephant corridor, Minister for Forest and Ecology B Ramanath Rai said that the government has decided to notify elephant corridor, with an aim to check elephant- human being conflict.

To avoid elephants entering villages and creating havoc, solar fences and trenches will be dug.  Development activities, human settlements have narrowed pathways, said the Minister.

Most of the time, the elephants enter human habitation in search of food and water, he said.

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