Former SC judge criticises PM on Endosulfan issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 13:26
  
Kochi: Noted jurist and former Supreme Court judge VR Krishna Iyer has criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for what he called his 'unfeeling indifference' to Kerala's request for a country wide ban on Endosulfan.

"I disapprove of the Prime Minister's unfeeling indifference to the request of all the Kerala ministers jointly requesting the ban of the dangerous and deleterious Endosulfan most harmful to human life," Justice Iyer said in a statement here on Monday.

"The Prime Minister's attitude is violative of the right to life of the Indian people and to continue the manufacture and distribution of Endosulfan is unfortunate and violative of Article 21," he said.

Iyer supported the protest against the pesticide led by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan who observed a day-long fast yesterday.

It is "shameful and shocking" that India should be the largest consumer of Endosulfan while more than 63 countries, including the European Union, Australia and New Zealand have banned it, he said and appealed to the Prime Minister to stop immediately the manufacture and sale of Endosulfan.

Meanwhile, a group of Left MPs today held a protest in Parliament House demanding a ban on Endosulfan pesticide and questioned whether the reluctance on part of the government to take action in this regard pointed to another "scam".

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 13:26


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