The authorities will soon commission an Rs 50-crore water supply project in Thrikaripur Assembly constituency in Kasaragod district to address the drinking water shortage in many panchayaths there

After commissioning regulator-cum-bridge across Thejaswini

A Rs. 50-crore project to assist localities that face drinking water shortage in Thrikkaripur due to intrusion of saline water will be commissioned shortly, said K. Kunhiraman, MLA. The project would be realized after commissioning the regulator-cum-bridge across the Thejaswini that would link Kayoor-Chemeni pachayath and Neeleshwaram municipality, Mr. Kunhiraman said.

The expert panel constituted by chief minister Oommen Chandy to prepare a report on new scientific norms for the inclusion of remaining Endosulfan affected persons to avail government compensation

The Endosulfan Peedhitha Janakeeya Munnani (EPJM) will convene a ‘Jagratha’ (Vigil) convention here on Friday to urge the authorities concerned to implement the promised package in a time-bound manner to the affected families of endosulfan victims..

The meeting will be inaugurated by poet and green activist Sugatha Kumari at the Municipal Conference hall at 10 a.m. on Friday, EPJM convener Ambalathara Kunhikrishnan told a press conference here on Wednesday.

The Endosulfan Victims Relief and Remediation Cell has been functioning effectively in Kasaragod district, an affidavit filed by the State government in the Kerala High Court said.

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition seeking a directive to the government to take follow-up actions on the welfare and rehabilitation measures of endosulfan victims.

The work of the Rs.200 crore worth projects funded by the National Bank for Rural Development (NABARD) aimed at infrastructure development in the endosuflan-affected localities in the district will be inaugurated at Bovikkanam near here on April 5.

The function would be inaugurated by Social Welfare Minister M.K. Muneer and Agriculture Minister K. P. Mohanan, P. Karunakaran, MP, said at a prèss conference here on Tuesday.

Panchayat-level monitoring cell to be floated

Having received clear cut assurances from the State government on majority of issues pertaining to the complex relief and rehabilitation package, the Endosulfan Peedhitha Janakeeya Munnani (EPJM) is now trying to evolve a mechanism to ensure that the authorities implemented the decisions in a time-bound manner.

Environmentalists in the city have urged the state government to take immediate steps to save the life of Mohan Kumar who is on a hunger strike at the High Court Junction demanding a comprehensive compensation package for victims of endosulfan in Kasargod district.

Inaugurating a protest meeting at the High Court junction, environmentalist M K Prasad said the government could not back track from the responsibility of providing protection to the victims.

Formal discussion on Monday

As the indefinite hunger strike seeking swift and comprehensive rehabilitation of endosulfan victims in the district entered 31st day on Wednesday, a five-member delegation of agitating activists will hold preliminary talks with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday ahead of the formal talks scheduled on Monday.

Hunger strike protest completes a month

As the hunger strike for the cause of endosulfan victims in the district completed a month here on Monday, people formed a human wall to protest against the alleged laxity of the State government in rehabilitating the affected population. Inaugurating the protest, Ambalathara Muneesa, a victim born without sight who has two postgraduate degrees, sought the resignation of N.A. Nellikunnu and P.B. Abdul Razak, MLAs from the district, for the alleged callous approach of the government.