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Posted on Feb 07, 09:24AM | UNI
Bangalore, Feb 6 : Karnataka Government is committed to banning endosulfan in the State and will fight for it in the Supreme Court where a review petition is pending against the ban imposed by the apex court, Minister for Health and Family Planning Arvind Limbavali said today.
Replying to a question raised by L A Ravisubramanya (BJP), the Minister said state is committed for total ban on use of Endosulfan and has already taken steps in this regard and conducting survey in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts where the cases of affected were reported.
According to survey completed in Dakshina Kannada there are in all 1907 affected, including 894 men and 1013 women, in Udupi the number is 1703 including 844 men and 859 women. In Uttara Kannada, where survey is underway, 383 cases, including 201 men and 182 women were reported.
Rejecting suggestions from members for adopting Kerala model for rehabilitation of people affected, he said 'our package including one time and Pension scheme introduced by the Revenue Department is good as compared to Kerala model.'
He said 19 hospitals are established in Dakshina Kannada District to treat people affected by endosulfan and permission was given to upgrade the Primary Health Centre at Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk to 30 bed hospital.