Forest Minister Benoy Viswom on Saturday said the government would seek a country-wide ban on Endosulfan at a meeting convened by the Centre on November 23 to discuss India's stand at the Geneva and Rotterdam conventions.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr.Viswom said it had been decided to include the Principal Secretary (Forest) in the Kerala delegation to the November 23 meeting.
The Principal Secretaries for Environment, Agriculture and Health would be the other members on the delegation. The State would also oppose the decision to set up yet another committee to study the impact of Endosulfan.
The decision to appoint Dr. C.D. Mayee, who had earlier presided over another committee, was unjustified because he appeared to be an advocate of Endosulfan, the Forest Minister said.
“There is every reason to suspect the sincerity of the Central government in imposing a ban on the use of pesticides. The appointment of yet another committee is intended to delay a decision and will only further the interest of the pesticide lobby,” he said.
He said that studies had shown that the use of Endosulfan in plantations in the State had affected the bird population, with several unique species disappearing.
The Minister held discussions on Saturday afternoon with forest officials, conservation organisations and activists on the stand the State should take at the meeting. The State government had sufficient research material to present its case at the meeting, covering all aspects related to the ill effects of the use of Endosulfan.
In reply to a question on the impact of the ban on Endosulfan on Hindustan Insecticide Ltd., he said the company should consider diversification. The trade unions should also consider the larger impact of the use of pesticide on the general population, the Minister added.