The Kerala Sastra Sahithya Prarishad (KSSP) has alleged that the stand taken by the Union government now on the Endosulfan issue was anti-people and unscientific.

In a statement here on Tuesday, KSSP president Kavumbayi Balakrishnan and general secretary T.P. Sreeshankar said Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas' contention that Endosulfan was not a dangerous pesticide was totally against the facts as experienced in Kerala. Among the world nations, only India was opposing a ban on the pesticide.

The irony of the issue was that India now had the largest number of people suffering from the adverse effects of this pesticide.

Chemical family

Endosulfan was a pesticide that belonged to the organochloride family of chemicals. It was considered in other countries as one of the most dangerous pesticides. Many countries, including those in the European Union, had banned on the basis of research evidence pointing to its very dangerous effects on human beings and the environment. Studies had shown that it could cause serious health problems, including genetic disabilities, in human beings, the statement said.

Kasaragod district had seen widespread maladies among people living in areas where this pesticide was used unscientifically. The KSSP leaders said there was no basis in the Union government's stand that the maladies detected among the people of Kasaragod district could not be traced to Endosulfan used as a pesticide in the cashew plantations.

Health problems

Such a contention was based on technicalities, but circumstantial evidence and actual experience unambiguously pointed to the fact that only the use of Endosulfan was the reason for the health problems detected among the people living in the areas where it was being used as a pesticide.