Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (PTI): Mothers with their endosulfan-affected children began an indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat here, demanding speedy disbursal of compensation and implementation of the rehabilitation package.Also Read - West Bengal Cabinet Gives Nod To Recruit 2020 Women Police Constables

Social Activist Daya Bai, who is leading the protest with the women, said she was ‘aghast’ that the government had not yet completed disbursal of the compensation to the victims and their families. Also Read - Delhi Rains: Flights Delayed For Second Day at IGI Airport, Airlines Issue Passenger Advisory | Tweets Inside

The families, who have come from the northernmost district of Kasaragod to the state’s southern tip to make their woes heard, said they would not return without their demands being met. Also Read - Women's T20 Challenge: Supernovas Beat Trailblazers By 49 Runs

A protest was held in front of the secretariat here last year also by the victims’ families.

The Supreme Court had in January 2017 directed the Kerala government to disburse compensation and rehabilitation package for endosulfan pesticide victims Mothers of Endosulfan victims begin indefinite fast

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (PTI): Mothers with their endosulfan-affected children began an indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat here, demanding speedy disbursal of compensation and implementation of the rehabilitation package.

Social Activist Daya Bai, who is leading the protest with the women, said she was ‘aghast’ that the government had not yet completed disbursal of the compensation to the victims and their families.

The families, who have come from the northernmost district of Kasaragod to the state’s southern tip to make their woes heard, said they would not return without their demands being met.

A protest was held in front of the secretariat here last year also by the victims’ families.

The Supreme Court had in January 2017 directed the Kerala government to disburse compensation and rehabilitation package for endosulfan pesticide victims within three months.

A bench headed by then Chief Justice J S Khehar had ordered the government to provide a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of people who died following exposure to the pesticide and those who became bed-ridden or mentally challenged.

Endosulfan, an off-patent organochlorine insecticide and acaricide, was used widely on crops like cashew, cotton, tea, paddy, fruits and others until 2011, when the Supreme Court banned its production and distribution. PTI UD

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