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Endosulfan victims’ indefinite strike ends; govt agrees to demands

Thiruvananthapuram: After the Chandy led UDF-government agreed to most of the demands, the indefinite strike conducted by Endosulfan victims have been called off on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also announced that 610 more people will be included in the Endosulfan affected list.

Chandy made the announcement after holding talks with the Endosulfan victims who have been conducting an indefinite strike in front of the Secretariat from January 26.

“The decision to waive the debt of endosulfan victims was taken earlier. The procedures to provide fund for this purpose will be over by February 8. The Endosulfan victims will be categorised into three different sections. A three member committee has also been appointed for this purpose,” the Chief Minister said.

A decision has been taken by the government to increase the compensation amount recommended by National Human Rights Commission in 2010 to Endosulfan victims. Compensation amount upto Rs 3 lakh will be given from now on to the victims. The government will also hold five medical camps this month at the affected areas.

Taking into consideration the shortage of doctors in Endosulfan -affected regions, Chandy said, “Rs 20,000 will be given as extra pay to the doctors who come for duty in endosulfan- affected regions.”

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