Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Friday
cancelled the licence for production of endosulfan given to
public sector Hindustan Insecticide Limited, Kochi in view of
government decision to ban the pesticide`s sale in the state.
The decision to quash the licence was taken at a high level
meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy attended by
representaives of company management, labour unions and
officials of Pollution Control Board, Health Minister
Adoor Prakash told reporters here.
The state has been witnessing protests for the past several
years demanding total ban on production and use of endosulfan
against the background of severe environment and health
problems it caused to people of Kasaragode district where the
pesticide was used in cashew plantations.
The meeting, however, gave permission for HIL to continue
production of their other products on certain conditions,
Permission for production of other products was given on
the company`s assurance that they would remove the solid
wastes within a limited period, Prakash added.