THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a humane gesture, the State Cabinet has decided to give Rs 5 lakh to the family of Vishnu Unni, a sailor with the Navy who went missing while trying to rescue a mother and child from drowning in Kochi recently.
The State Human Rights Commission had directed immediate action on an application submitted to the Chief Minister seeking compensation to the family of Vishnu Unni. Vishnu went missing while trying to rescue a woman who jumped off Venduruthy Bridge in Kochi with her seven-month-old child.
Aid to Family of Tiger Attack Victim
The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to issue a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Bhaskaran, the 62-year-old man who was killed in a tiger attack near Sultan Bathery in Wayanad recently.
Aid for Monkey Fever Victims
In the wake of rising incidents of monkey fever being reported from Wayanad, the Cabinet has decided to provide financial aid to the families of the five monkey fever victims. The government has already earmarked Rs 35 lakh for preventive measures and to curb the spread of the fever.
The amount will be given by the state ST Department. “A total of five people died while 36 are in hospital. The government has given Rs one lakh to the kin of the deceased. Further measures would be taken after assessing the situation,” the Chief Minister said.
The State Government has announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh each to the families of the five Keralites who were killed in the recent train mishap near Hosur. The government also announced Rs 50,000 each to the Keralites injured in the accident.
Paddy Procurement Price
The Chief Minister said the government will soon give the remaining amount for paddy procurement to the farmers. The state has already asked the Centre to increase the paddy procurement price, he said.
“There was some misunderstanding that the government is giving only Rs 13.60 per kg for the paddy procured. It was given as the first instalment only. The second instalment of Rs 5.40 would be given soon. The government currently procures paddy at Rs 19 per kg. We want it to be hiked to Rs 20. The government gives Rs 300 crore as subsidy. We have asked the Centre to increase the paddy procurement price,” Chandy said.
No Shortage of Medicines
The Chief Minister said there is no shortage of medicines for H1N1 in the state. Instructions have already been issued to procure adequate medicines, he said.