Kerala seeks Rs 375 Cr from centre for endosulfan victims

Chief Minister Ommen Chandy, who arrived here this morning, raised the issue before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he met him here.

"The NHRC has recommended several measures for helping endosulfan victims. We have accepted those proposals. I urged the Prime Minister to allocate Rs 375 crore as central assistance for those affected by the pesticide," he told reporters after the meeting.
He said the government plans to build a super speciality hospital in Kasargode which would be of great help for the victims.

"Endosulfan victims have to go to Mangalore (in Karnataka) for treatment as there are no well-equipped hospitals in Kasargode. So we have decided to have a super speciality hospital," he said.

He also sought Singh's intervention in giving approval for Kochi Metro project. He said he demanded that the Centre should give its approval for Metro on the lines of the systems in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. In these three cities, the Metro is jointly owned by state and central governments.

Pointed out that the Planning Commission was opposed to such a proposal, he said he has demanded it and see whether it can be done so.

Earlier in the day, Chandy indicated that his government was not averse to a PPP model for developing a Metro system in Kochi. "The previous government was of the view that it should modelled on the Delhi Metro system.

"However, the Planning Commission was opposed to it. If the previous government's proposal is workable, we will go for it or otherwise we will explore for other options," he said.

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