Ecologist S. Faizi, who was a member of the Plachimada High-Power Committee, has sought steps to pay compensation to the victims of Endosulfan in Kasaragod district on the universally agreed ‘polluter-pays principle.'
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Dr. Faizi said it was heartening that the State was united in its fight against Endosulfan. “Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd. (PCKL), which recklessly used the pesticide for years disregarding public protests, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd., and other manufacturers should provide compensation to those affected,” the statement said.
The Kerala government [which owned PCKL] should immediately take action in this regard. The corporation need not source funds for this from outside. It could distribute to the victims the 2,292 hectares of land under its possession in Kasaragod after detoxifying the land, he said.
All options, including the creation of a tribunal, should be explored to get manufacturers pay compensation, Dr. Faizi said.
It was ‘unfortunate and embarrassing' that the Indian delegation was fighting its own people at the ongoing fifth meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP). “The arguments the Indian delegation is trying to put forth are silly and ridiculous and run against the letter and spirit of the treaty [POP treaty]. If India is not ready to join the consensus, the CoP decision must be made by voting and the Rules of Procedure of CoP do provide for that. He expressed concern over the delay in getting the Presidential assent to the Plachimada Coca-Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill that was passed by the Assembly.