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NHRC issues summons to the Kerala Chief Secretary
Narendra Ch | 01 May 2012

The Commission has observed that even though it granted time as prayed for by the State Government to implement its recommendations and to submit the compliance report, the requisite report has not been sent till now.

The National Human Rights Commission has issued summons to the Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala to appear before it on the 11th June, 2012 along with the compliance report sought for by the Commission on its recommendations in the case of aerial spraying of hazardous pesticide Endosulfan in district Kasargod and around which has resulted in various health complications to the people.

The Commission has observed that even though it granted time as prayed for by the State Government to implement its recommendations and to submit the compliance report, the requisite report has not been sent till now. The Commission has said that if the requisite report is received on or before the 4th June, 2012 the Chief Secretary's attendance shall stand dispensed with.

It may be recalled that the Commission on the 31st December, 2010 through a detailed order had recommended that the Government of Kerala should pay at least rupees five lakhs to the next of kin of those who died and to those who were fully bed ridden/unable to move without help or mentally retarded and rupees three lakhs to those who have got other disability. A panel of doctors may assess the extent of physical disability to classify the categories of victims.

The Commission had taken up the case suo motu on the basis of the media reports.