Mangaluru: Endosulfan Virodhi Horata Samiti (ESVHS) staged a protest in front of the DC office here, on September 27.
The president of the ESVHS, Sridhar Gowda addressing the protesters said that the high court has ordered the payment of pension every month along with the provision of other facilities for endosulfan victims but they have not been receiving their monthly pension. “In all the three districts, the district administration has not followed the directions of the high court. From the past four months, the victims have not received pension from the health department nor have they received the pension from the revenue department. Rehabilitation and treatment of the victims has become a nightmare. The endosulfan victims have been victimized and the ESVHS condemns this,” he said.
He also put forth the demands of the victims and said that the monthly pension should be released soon and all the pension should be distributed from one particular department. The primary health centre in Kokkada has been upgraded as a community hospital. In Kokkada, a new hospital building will come up and it is under tender process. The construction work should be started soon. Every endosulfan victim should get Rs 5 lakh compensation. The health department should start mobile hospitals to treat endosulfan victims. Staff nurses should be appointed in every Gram Panchayat to take care of the victims who are bed ridden.
He also said that senior doctors do not take part in health camps, instead they send medical students to treat the patients in the camps. Even in the camps, medicines are not available. The concerned authorities should see that senior doctors also take part in the camps and provide proper medication to the victims. All the family members of the victims should get bus pass free of cost. There should be permanent rehabilitation centre in every taluk and a website containing related information about the facilities for endosulfan victims should be launched, he added.
Later, a memorandum was submitted to chief minister Siddaramaiah through the Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim.