September 30th, 2011
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End-osulfan in India;Export permitted

endosulfan-bannedNew Delhi: 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 can be exported to any foreign nation , according to the apex court verdict.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia also stated that the export of endosulfan must be under the stringent vigilance of government bodies and that necessary precaution must be taken by the companies and custom and excise authorities in packaging the banned pesticide so that it can be safely exported.

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. The current verdict is however a total ban of the pesticide.

The Supreme Court had on August 5 asked an expert panel appointed by it to explore the possibility of exporting the unused stock of Endosulfan manufactured here to other countries. The expert committee had recommended export of the pesticide.

The Bench had said it was concerned about the Right to Life of citizens guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution and even companies involved in the manufacturing of the controversial pesticide cannot ignore corporate and social responsibility by ignoring the hazards posed to human lives.






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