SC to hear petition seeking ban on Endosulfan tomorrow

The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the petition seeking a ban on sale and production of the pesticide Endosulfan across the country.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the petition seeking a ban on sale and production of the
pesticide Endosulfan across the country.

The petition filed by CPI-M`s youth wing Democratic
Youth Federation of India (DYFI) would be mentioned before
a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia.

In its petition, DYFI has sought a direction to the
Centre to prohibit the sale of Endosulfan in its present form
or any other derivatives in the market.

DYFI has submitted that a large section of people was
directly affected because of the use of Endosulfan, already
banned in 81 countries and its use not permitted in another 12

The petitioner said several studies had documented
that Endosulfan could also affect human development. It gave
example of serious health hazards caused in Kerala`s Kasargod

"Researchers studying children from an isolated
village in Kasaragod district have linked Endosulfan exposure
to delays in sexual maturity among boys. Endosulfan is an
off-patent organochlorine insecticide and acaricide.

"This colourless solid has emerged as a highly
controversial agrichemical due to its acute toxicity,
potential for bio-accumulation, and role as an endocrine
disruptor," the petition said.

It said Endosulfan was the only pesticide applied to
cashew plantations in Kasaragod for 20 years and had
contaminated the environment there.

The petition assumes significance as Left parties and
organisations associated with them have been leading protests
in several parts of the country for imposition of ban on the

On April 27, a group of Left MPs had held a protest in
Parliament House demanding a ban on Endosulfan.

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan has led the
agitation by going on a day-long fast. He has also written to
his counterparts in other states to bring combined pressure on
the Centre to impose a nation-wide ban on the pesticide.

The government had last week 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.

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New delegation from Kerala had met the Prime
Minister on February 22 and urged him to impose a nationwide
ban on the pesticide.


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