Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

As you are aware, Kasaragod, the northern most district of Kerala has been severely affected by aerial spraying of Endosulfan, now a notified persistent organic pollutant and highly hazardous pesticide. Endosulfan was sprayed aerially in this region for over 2 decades (1978 to 2001) by the Plantation Corporation of Kerala in full cognizance of CPCRI (Central Plantation Crops Research Institute) and other central and state government agencies and authorities. Ever since Endosulfan was found to be a serious threat, the issue of establishing an effective rehabilitation system for victims was demanded from different corners. Of late, many committees and scientific institutions like National Institute of Occupational Health under ICMR and Government Medical College, Calicut have studied this matter and have attributed aerial spraying of Endosulfan to the increased incidence of congenital disorders, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities in the sprayed region. Moreover the committee appointed by the Honorable Supreme Court of India in 2012 has reiterated these findings with the technical help from National Institute of Medical Statistics.

In this context it is pertinent to note that as early as 2010 December, the National Human Rights Commission visited the region and came up with some recommendations for Central and State Governments to follow. The NHRC in its recommendation to the Central Government, has urged the Centre to “Supplement the efforts of the Government of Kerala in the provision of relief and long-term rehabilitation” to “establish a Centrally Sponsored Palliative Care Centre/Hospital and ensure that “sufficient and effective ambulance services are provided to all physically handicapped or mentally retarded victims with adequate and trained staff” NHRC further recommended that the Union of India shall give adequate financial help to the State Government to provide financial assistance at the rate of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the next of kin of those who died, to those who were fully bed ridden/unable to move without help and mentally retarded and at the rate of Rs.3 lakhs to the disabled in this region.

As of now the State Government has by and large complied with the recommendations of NHRC within our financial resource limitation. The State Government has initiated series of measures to provide relief and rehabilitation for the affected individuals and families and also to strengthen the medical and paramedical facilities in the region. These efforts of State Government has been appreciated even by the Honorable High Court of Kerala. However, I must submit that the Central Government all through these years has not complied with any of the recommendations of the NHRC in this regard and has not yet extended any significant help for rehabilitation of the unfortunate victims of this manmade disaster. Moreover it is obvious that effective Rehabilitation of Endosulfan victims could materialize only through synergistic action of Central and State Government. It is pertinent to note that Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has ordered on 10th January 2017 to release “the undisbursed payment of compensation to all affected persons with in three months from the date of judgment.’’ The Hon’ble Supreme Court has also ordered that the State can claim the compensation from the Government of India

A proposal for financial assistance for Rs. 483 crore rupees was submitted to Central Government in 2012. We are still awaiting positive response from the Union Government in this regard. However, it is in this context that I submit this fresh proposal for your perusal and kind consideration. Solicit your early intervention.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Shri. Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
152, South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi – 110 011.