The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) organised a signature campaign in the town on Monday to garner support for its demand that the Union government adopt a stand in favour of a global ban on Endosulfan at the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants being held in Geneva.

Inaugurating the campaign, Suja Susan George, vice-president of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sanghom, alleged that the Union government had been ignoring the demand from various quarters for a nationwide ban on the killer pesticide.

‘Corporate lobby'

Such an attitude was condemnable and showed the Centre's irresponsibility in dealing with social issues, succumbing to pressure from the corporate lobby.

Prof. George said a mass movement was needed to change that approach, and the people of Kerala would fight for the ban.

M.S. Rajendran, DYFI district treasurer, presided over the function. N. Sajikumar, DYFI State vice-president; K. Ananthagopan, district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]; P.J. Ajaykumar, district president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions; and Khan Shahjahan, social activist; spoke. The Karshaka Sanghom district committee staged a dharna in front of the Telephone Bhavan in the town on the issue.

Omalloor Sankaran, Sanghom district secretary, inaugurated the dharna. A. Padmakumar, Sanghom State committee member; K.P. Chandrashekhara Kurup, district president; and V.K. Purushothaman Pillai, Abraham Mannaickal and P.K. Kumaran, all CPI(M) district leaders; spoke.