Demand for endosulfan tribunal

Friday 24 September 2010

Kerala High Court admits writ petition demanding tribunal and compensation for victims

A division bench of the Kerala High Court on September 13 admitted a writ petition that sought the constitution of a tribunal to identify endosulfan victims in Kasaragod and paying compensation to them. The writ petition was filed on the same day.

The petition filed by T Asaf Ali points out that the compensation awarded by the state to the victim was ex-gratia, and hence there is a need to form a tribunal. The state government, in December 2009, had announced a compensation package for 2000 victims that included a pension of Rs 250 for the family of the deceased and the caretakers of the victims. The state had also announced a monthly quota of 35 kg rice at Rs 2 per kg for the victims.

“The state government and the Plantation Corporation of Kerala have not done enough to identify the victims and compensate them. I have also sought a central government directive to ban endosulfan spraying in the cashew plantation in Kasaragod,” said Ali. Ali is the president of the Indian Lawyers’ Congress.

The Corporation had sprayed the pesticide on the cashew plantation for almost 25 years, till in 2002 the Kerala government banned the use of the pesticide. Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide, is banned in nearly 60 countries, the latest being the USA.

 

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  • The ban on Endosulfan, an

    The ban on Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide in Kerala is ineffective. Obvisously money and profits are involved and the regulators have failed in their duty- may be deliberately. The Corporation had sprayed the pesticide on the cashew plantation for almost 25 years, till in 2002 the Kerala government banned the use of the pesticide. The poor are suffering and they and their new born children are physically diseased. The issues are not limited to compensation but failure to effect the ban. Central Government can also play a role. Can right to information and media help be taken to expose the situation nationwide?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
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