Over 100 people from the northern most parts of Kerala gathered in the state capital on Tuesday not to celebrate Republic Day but to protest against the republic, represented by the state government.
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Endosulphan victims on indefinite hunger strike, demand immediate compensation
Women and small children were among those who participated in the protest which was started by opposition leader VS Achuthanandan.
The organisers said the Kerala Human Rights Commission had five years ago ordered the government to disburse the compensation.
However, a statement from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy‘s office stated that the UDF government had disbursed Rs 150.71 crore to the victims.
As per the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission, the UDF government had sanctioned Rs 104.40 crore and Rs 46.31 crore for disbursing monthly pension and other benefits.
Endosulfan, a pesticide, which is not easily degradable after its spraying several years ago in Kerala, contaminated the soil and water and found its way into the food chain, affecting lower and higher forms of life, including humans