December 13th, 2011
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Endosulfan:SC permits export of raw materials

endosulfan-banNew Delhi:The Supreme Court toady has granted permission to pesticide manufacturing companies to export the raw materials used to make endosulfan. Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia arrived at the decision.  The Supreme Court today retained complete ban imposed by the court on its production, sale and use in the country and permitted the export of unused stock of endosulfan insecticide. The apex court said   that the “dilution, packaging and export” of the agrochemical will be handled by public sector unit (PSU) Hindustan Insecticide Ltd.

The court has also made it clear that the permission to export raw materials should not be confused with the permission to produce endosulfan. Earlier on September 30, 2011 the Supreme Court has declared a nationwide ban on the production, distribution and use of the poisonous pesticide endosulfan, holding that human life is more important than anything else.  1100 metric tonnes of unused endosulfan that has been stored in India was permitted to be exported to any foreign nation , according to the apex court verdict.

The court’s order is based on a petition filed by CPI(M)’s wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) seeking a ban on Endosulfan on the ground that it was causing health hazards, including genetic disorders, in Kerala where it is widely used. Earlier in May 13 2011 SC had ordered an interim ban of endosulfan.

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