Join the fight to BAN ENDosulf(B)AN in India

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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http://endosulphanvictims.org/resources.htm
Yet another struggle in the history of people’s movement to protect Human’s right to survive. Join the movement to demand the Agriculture Ministry in India to BAN this KILLER pesticide. Every LIFE is precious and has RIGHT to LIVE.
This article has been taken from edosulphanvictims.org.

“Make every mother and Child count” says the theme slogan of the world Health day. But in Kasaragod every mother and child DO NOT COUNT, only ENDOSULFAN COUNTS!!!
The Endosulfan tragedy in Kasaragod in Kerala (India) has given us a jolt, again after Bhopal, etc and the struggle has gained momentum. This is a struggle not to merely eliminate a few pesticides but a struggle for survival, a struggle for peace and harmony and a struggle for the continuity of life on this earth.

Please Join Hand in Hand in the struggle for the continuity of life of Endosulfan victims. In Kasaragod, you can see hundreds of people many congenital anomalies, many mentally challenged, many laying like vegetables, many mothers with disabled children. These are the plights of the living.
Various reports and other features reveals that there has been an Endosulfan tragedy in Kasaragod.
Kasaragod is the northern most district in Kerala (India). The district had cashew plantations extends to about 5600 acres, spreading through habitations, water bodies and hills in about 11 village panchayaths. The plantations have been aerially spraying with the chemical pesticide Endosulfan since 1976, regularly till 2001. Following public out cry and the intervention from some courts and governments, Endosulfan spraying was stopped from 2003.
But the Health and Environmental hazards’ suffering by the people and nature due to the use of Endosulfan in Kasaragod District is a burning issue for the past few years and is still above. Hundreds of deaths and disorders reported. Alarmingly high levels of Endosulfan residues have been detected in the blood and breast milk of villagers in these area. In the affected areas, it is observed that birds and butterflies disappeared, fish and frogs in the ponds and streams found die. Wide spread ailments and serious health problems were reported.
Since 1996, popular agitations in the affected areas erupted against the apathy towards the victims of Endosulfan. These protests drew the attention of media and research and environmental organizations within the country and abroad. As a result of this popular uproar against the disasters, about various enquiry commissions were appointed by both State and Central Government to study the subject.
The Muncif Court of Hosdurg issued a stay on aerial spraying of the pesticide in Cashew Plantation area on a case filed by Smt. Leelakumari Amma a victim of this tragedy. The case was later taken to the Kerala High Court. These series of interventions culminated in the ban of the spraying of Endosulfan by Kerala High Court in 2002. By this time, saw some remarkable public efforts were made to address and highlight the issue. Major political parties and their senior leaders and NGOs were involved in the issue. Thus the Government of Kerala was forced to impose a ban on the use of Endosulfan in 2004. Consequently the Government of India banned the sale and use of Endosulfan in Kerala from December 2005.
At the sametime,on the other side, the Kasaragod District Panchayth (A Local Self Govt. Institution)made significant efforts to give a breath to the Endosulfan victims. District Panchayath provided relief and remedial measures,took leadership of public agitation and played the role as an organisational mediator to Compell the governments to involve in the issue. As an outbreak of these efforts, the Govt. Kerala appointed a special wing – Endosulfan Victims Relief and Remediation Cell – as recommended by the Kasaragod District Panchayat and alloted Rs.50 lakhs in its annual budget 2006-07. Also the and Govt. distributed another Rs.89 lakhs to the dependents of 178 deceased persons of Endosulfan tragedy. This amount is being spent by the Cell and District Panchayat for providing relief measures to the victims.
Now the Endosulfan Victims Relief & Remediation Cell and the District Panchayath brought out a vision document for a comprehensive relief and rebahiliation system for the Endosulfan affected community in Kasaragod. We request your esteemed co-operation to fullfill the proposals of this vision document.
Endosulfan, a highly toxic organochlorine pesticide was sprayed in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod District sine 1976, till 2001 regularly three times every year. The aerial spraying of Endosulfan was allegedly undertaken to contain the menace of the tea mosquito bug. Just after three years, the ill effects of Endosulfan spraying came to notice. As early as 1979, stunted growth and deformed limbs were noticed among new born calves. By 1990s health disorders of very serious nature among the human population came to the lime light. Children were found to be the worst affected with congenital anomalies, mental retardation, physical deformities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus etc. Men and women were also affected with various chronic ailments, many irreversible and difficult to treat. There is a high incidence of disorders of the central nerves system, Cancer and reproductive disorders. The National Institute Occupational Health (Indian Council of Medical Research) says that after studying various aetiological factors responsible for health problem was aerial spraying of Endosulfan.

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Comments
  1. It is indeed a clear violation of human right. The government doest not have any moral standing in defending the side of Endo….We should do something
    Rev Shine John Mathew

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