New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Central and state governments on a petition seeking ban on Endosulfan pesticide.

An Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia issued the notice after hearing a petition filed by Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) - the youth wing of CPI (M).

The bench has asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to be present in the court on the next date of hearing, i.e. May 11.
Earlier, senior counsel KK Venugopal, appearing for the petitioner, highlighted the hazards of Endosulfan and sought ban on the pesticide.

Citing examples of serious health hazards caused in Kerala's Kasaragod District, the petitioner said several studies have documented that Endosulfan has the potential to affect human development.

The petitioner highlighted that Endosulfan is being used in cashew cultivation for the past 20 years in Kasaragod and it has already affected the environment in the region.

Seeking ban on Endosulfan, the petitioner appealed the court to order the Central government to ban the pesticide.
The petitioner also highlighted that the pesticide is banned in 81 countries.

 

(JPN/Bureau)