CSE welcomes India`s changed stand on Endosulfan
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 00:13
New Delhi: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Friday welcomed India's changed position on Endosulfan at the Stockholm Convention but attacked the Environment Ministry accusing it of having been supportive of the pesticide industry's opposition to a ban on it.

"The final day of the fifth Stockholm Convention held in Geneva to decide the fate of Endosulfan, a persistent organic pollutant, saw a different Indian position," said a CSE official.

"India, which has single handedly blocked the ban on this globally accepted toxin, agreed to the inclusion of Endosulfan in Annex A, a listing of globally banned pesticide under the UN's Stockholm Convention - without any opposition," the official said.

Welcoming the shift in the Indian government's position, the CSE said the pesticide has caused "enormous human suffering" in Kerala and Karnataka where it has been sprayed over cashew plantation.

The CSE claimed that in other parts of the country, where this pesticide is used extensively, there is growing evidence of its toxicity.

"In spite of these concerns, the Indian government, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, had been supportive of the pesticide industry's position that Endosulfan must not be banned," the CSE said.

The CSE stressed that phase-out of the pesticide must be expedited.

"It is time that the government recognizes the need to make concerted efforts towards moving to non-chemical alternatives of Endosulfan. This will help keep the farmers out of the pesticide's bad health and debt trap," it said.


First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 00:13

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