Endosulfan manufacturers formulators and welfare association (EMFWA) filed an amendment application on March 22 in the Bangalore High Court rubbishing the argument put forth by the Karnataka government to ban endosulfan in the state.
The amendment application was filed after the state government released the circular of the ban on March 15. According to the circular, the cabinet decision to ban the pesticide was based on findings' by the agriculture universities in Raichur and Dharwad. The government circular also cited the health anomalies in Dakshin Kanada and order passed by the Kerala government to make the move. The pesticide manufacturers deny there were any health implications after the use of endosulfan.
The state, through a cabinet decision, had banned the pesticide under section 27(1) of the Insecticides Act 1968 on February 17. The ban is a temporary ban for 60 days. EMFWA had filed a petition against the cabinet decision on February 18 calling the ban “unscientific”, “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional”. (See: Karnataka bans endosulfan)
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