Down To Earth takes a look at one of the worst and longest-running pesticide poisoning episodes in India and how it culminated with the Supreme Court ordering compensation for victims. The Supreme Court, on January 10, directed the Kerala government to pay Rs crores in three months as compensation to over 5, victims of the use of endosulfan pesticide. The SC bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the state to consider setting up a medical facility to provide treatment to victims. The bench added that Kerala can also approach the Centre, state corporations and other entities for the compensation amount. Kerala has earmarked over Rs crores as compensation to victims, reported The Hindu.
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Thiruvananthapuram: 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, 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.
The Supreme Court had in January 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 5 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 , when the Supreme Court banned its production and distribution. Home News Kerala. Mail This Article. For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by comma Recipient Mail address is Required.
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Weather Kerala Elections. Kannur: When her eight-year-old son Devnath, an endosulfan victim by birth, frequently collapses in fits, Aruni and her husband Chandran look blankly at each other. They have no idea how they should manage the situation, because there are no neurologists in Kasaragod, and they are unable to go to the Mangaluru hospitals, as Karnataka has blocked the entry of vehicles from Kerala, including ambulances, following the Covid threat, thus denying treatment to the patients from the state. This is not the story of Devnath alone. It was the other day that Manju was admitted to Kannur Government Medical College, Pariyaram, where she developed some complications.
Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala
Endosulfan is an off- patent organochlorine insecticide and acaricide that is being phased out globally. The two isomers, endo and exo, are known popularly as I and II. Endosulfan sulfate is a product of oxidation containing one extra O atom attached to the S atom. Endosulfan became a highly controversial agrichemical  due to its acute toxicity , potential for bioaccumulation , and role as an endocrine disruptor. Because of its threats to human health and the environment, a global ban on the manufacture and use of endosulfan was negotiated under the Stockholm Convention in April The ban has taken effect in mid, with certain uses exempted for five additional years.