Re-survey to include more Endo victims

Move follows HC direction, says Khader

Re-survey to include more Endo victims

With the Karnataka High Court on Monday directing the State government to provide pension for Endosulfan victims who are suffering from deformity above 25 per cent, the health department will conduct a resurvey in three coastal districts for the inclusion of additional benificiaries, said Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader. 

He was addressing mediapersons after a review meeting with the officials from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts, to discuss the measures taken to address Endosulfan issue, at the deputy commissioner’s office on Saturday. 

The Health Department has so far identified 6,140 Endosulfan victims in all the three districts having deformities more than 40 per cent. With the HC directive, even those victims who fall under the deformity level between 25 to 40 per cent will be identified. A monthly pension of Rs 3,000 will be given to those with 75 per cent and more deformity.

 The department had decided to offer monthly pension of Rs 2,000 to those with 40 per cent and more deformity, whereas the HC has ordered to pay Rs 1,500 to the victims. “We are yet to take a final decision on increasing the pension from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000. Pension will be paid from March 1 in the form of cheques through the bank account of the victim’s family,” he said.

On the delay in identifying Endosulfan victims in Udupi and UK districts, the Minister said that medical camps are being held in Udupi and preliminary survey has been conducted in Uttara Kannada. Smart cards will be distributed in both the districts on the lines of distribution in Dakshina Kannada. Day care centres will be established in Udupi and UK in the next phase, he said.

Health and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary M Madan Gopal said that for the first time four government agencies including the Cashew Board have been made party in the case as the Supreme Court has held them accountable for the disaster. The case will come before the Supreme Court on February 18, he said.

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