New Delhi: A petition has been moved in
the Supereme Court seeking a ban on sale and production of the
pesticide Endosulfan across the country.
The petitition filed by Democratic Youth Federation of
India (DYFI), a youth wing of CPI(M), has sought a direction
to the Centre to prohibit the sale of Endosulfan in its
present form or any other derivatives in the market.
The organisation submitted that a large section of
people was directly affected because of the use of Endosulfan
which was already banned in 81 countries and the use of which
was not permitted in another 12 countries.
The petitioner said several studies had documented
that Endosulfan could also affect human development and it
gave example of serious health hazards caused in Kasargod
"Researchers studying children from an isolated
village in Kasaragod district, Kerala, India have linked
Endosulfan exposure to delays in sexual maturity among boys.
Endosulfan is an off-patent organochlorine insecticide and
"This colourless solid has emerged as a highly
controversial agrichemical due to its acute toxicity,
potential for bioaccumulation, and role as an endocrine
disruptor," the petition said.
It said Endosulfan was the only pesticide applied to
cashew plantations in the hills for 20 years and had
contaminated the village environment.
The filing of petition assumes significance as Left
parties and organisations associated with them have been
leading protest in several parts of the country for imposition
of ban on Endosulfan.
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".
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan has led the
agitation by going on a day-long fast yesterday.
The Government had yesterday said it would take a view
on the issue "in the best interest of the country" after the
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) submits its report.
"The use of Endosulfan has been banned in Kerala.
However, imposing a nationwide ban would require national
consensus backed by scientific study," a PMO release had said
An all party delegation from Kerala had met the Prime
Minister on February 22 and urged him to impose a nation-wide
ban on the pesticide.