Shobha Karndlaje

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BJP Karnataka

Endosulfan victims finally get relief

Beltangady February 28, 2010: We will not shirk from our responsibility towards the victims of deadly chemical endosulfan, the government was committed to rescue them from their hardships, though it was not possible for relieving them of their physical inabilities, the government will not think twice in monetarily helping them these were the words of Dr. B.S.Yeddyurappa Chief Minister of Karnataka here today. He was participating in the programme held by the government to distribute financial relief to those who have had the bad luck of coming into contact with the deadly chemical Endosulfan.
Mr. Yeddyurappa who visited various places in Dakshina Kannada and Puttur Taluks today found out that every house there had a victim of endosulfan. He said a high level medical and social workers have given me to understanding that the cashew plantations in the neighbouring Kerala and in Karnataka were getting the endosulfan being sprayed from the Helicopters from a height of over 10 -30 meters which was against the rule, they cannot rain poison on the people from the air said an angry Mr. Yeddyurappa. The public life has been destroyed in these areas he observed with a disdainful voice.

He said the state will do everything that is in its disposal to address every problem of the people who have sustained physical debility, morbidity and mental retardation, medically socially and economically he declared. This was the first time in the history of the Endosulfan affected areas that any high ranking leader such as the Chief Minister himself had visited and made powerful statements such as this in the last 25 years since the evil of Endosulfan has been introduced as a remedy to the T mosquitoes – a pest that infests cashew plantations.
Chief Minister responded to the grievances of endosulfan victims by visiting Kokkada near here today in order to award monetary compensation of Rs 50,000 to each victim without taking into account the annual income of affected families, purely on humanitarian grounds, he said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said though there was a committee report on the endosulfan tragedy, the former governments had not taken any action to redress the problems of the people. It was a colossal loss of human resources and untold miseries have been poured on them he roared.
Mr.Yeddyurappa however expressed some degree of relief that a benefactor of godly proportions was present in the area in the form of Dr. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, If Dr. Heggade accepts to set up a rehabilitation centre for those who have suffered endosulfan poisoning, he would immediately release Rs. 25 lakhs for the project from the government.
Dr. Heggade who was present at the function immediately reacted to the offer and said the Dharmasthala institutions will definitely take the offer and thanked the Chief Minister for his generous offer. He even offered free treatment of the cancer patients in the hospitals belonging to the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala institutions. Dr. Heggade also commended the work carried out by the MLA of Yeshwanthpur Ms. Shobha Karandlaje in bringing the government machinery to Belthangady taluk in support of the Endosulfan victims.
Ms. Karandlaje who outlined the problems of endosulfan on this occasion stated that the central government should take immediate note of the fact that the governments and its agencies were taking no interest in controlling the chemical lobbies in the country. Legislations should be formed to counter such lobbies she said.
Mr Yedurappa also distributed pension papers to 231 mentally- challenged people and sanctioned pension letters to remaining 103 victims for Rs 400 and Rs 1000.
Speaking about the power shortage in the state, he said the Government had made arrangements to procure 800 MW power from outside the state. The Government would see that people in general and students in particular would not suffer during the coming examination period due to power cuts.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said the Government was ready to hold election to the BBMP (Bruhat Bangaluru Mahanagara Palike)anytime. The state government was awaiting the verdict from the High Court in this regard. If the High Court asks to hold the election anytime, the Government is ready to hold the same, he added.

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