A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a directive to the Centre to impose all-India ban on Endosulfan.

The petitioner, Democratic Youth Federation of India, in its petition said it was constrained to approach the Supreme Court in compelling circumstances wherein the valuable life of a large section of people was directly affected because of the use of Endosulfan, a pesticide which was already banned in 81 countries and the use of which was not permitted in another 12 countries.

The petitioner said several studies had documented that Endosulfan could also affect human development. It said “researchers studying children from an isolated village in Kasaragod district, Kerala, have linked Endosulfan exposure to delays in sexual maturity among boys. Endosulfan is an off-patent organochlorine insecticide and acaricide. This colourless solid has emerged as a highly controversial agrichemical due to its acute toxicity, potential for bioaccumulation, and role as an endocrine disruptor.”

It said Endosulfan was the only pesticide applied to cashew plantations in the hills for 20 years and had contaminated the village environment.

It said that an all-party delegation from Kerala had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a ban on sale and production of the potentially and perpetually harmful pesticide Endosulfan all over India but so far nothing had been done.

Considering the harmful side effects on the people, the State of Kerala had imposed a ban on Endosulfan. Hence, the present writ petition seeking a directive to the Centre to prohibit the sale of Endosulfan in its present form or any other derivatives in the market throughout India; direct all the States to explain their stand towards such a ban and direct the Centre to provide appropriate and sufficient rehabilitation facilities to the victims effected by the application and use of Endosulfan