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Endosulphan victims’ protest enters fourth day, talk with govt fails

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Thiruvananthapuram: The talk between the victims of endosulfan pesticide and the state government here has failed to reach in a consensus even as the protest by the victims and their family members in front of the state secretariat demanding immediate disbursal of the compensation amounts to them entered its fourth day on Friday.

The protesters led by Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan met the Chief Minister at his official residence in the morning.

Talking to the media after the talk, Achuthanandan said the porters would intensify their agitation in front of the secretariat. “I met the Chief Minister with the demands of the protesters. He has assured to meet them again on February 3,” he said.

Victims of endosulfan pesticide and their family members Tuesday staged a protest in front of the state secretariat demanding immediate disbursal of the compensation amounts to them.

Women and small children are among those who are participating in the protest which was inaugurated by Achuthanandan on January 26.

The organisers said the Kerala Human Rights Commission had five years ago ordered the government to disburse the compensation which they are yet to receive.

Endosulfan, a pesticide, which is not easily degradable after its spraying several years ago in Kerala, contaminated the soil and water and found its way into the food chain, affecting lower and higher forms of life, including humans.

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