Staff Reporter

Should have been implemented after deliberations: Chennithala

  • Says all beverages with pesticide residue should be banned
  • `Relief measures for the farming community yet to materialise'

    ALAPPUZHA: The haste shown by the State Government in banning Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the State led to the High Court revoking the ban, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has said.

    He was speaking to reporters after visiting regions in Cherthala affected by chikungunya. He also visited the house of Vijayappan, a farmer who committed suicide.

    He said the UDF and the Congress were also for banning Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But the Government should have implemented the ban in a more careful manner after deliberations with all political parties and legal experts, Mr. Chennithala said.

    The KPCC president said the Coca-Cola factory was set up in Palakkad during an LDF regime and cola companies were engaged in hassle-free production and distribution in West Bengal.

    Mr. Chennithala added that pesticide residues were present not only in Coca-Cola but also in several beverages produced in the country and all such beverages needed to be banned.

    The State Government should waive all agricultural and non-agricultural loans availed by poor farmers, he said.

    He noted that though the State Government had promised several relief measures for the farming community in the State they were yet to materialise.

    On the outbreak of chikungunya, Mr. Chennithala demanded a high-level team of experts of the Health department visit all affected areas and initiate relief measures.

    DCC president C.R. Jayaprakash and DCC vice-president Koshy M. Koshy were also present with Mr. Chennithala.