LMIPPE February 2002
“The Stand taken by the respondents ( the PCK ) is that of a heartless industrialist. They say that use of insecticides would bring more profit and more foreign exchange. But it cannot be at the cost of human lives…. Certainly we have power to destroy nature, but the question is whether we have the wisdom to preserve it…”
The mentally and physically challenged children of Vaninagar school in Enmakaje.
(Letter No. 1997 to the
F. PA (TECH.ADV)/97 Manager, PCK Ltd ). It
dated 26 is indeed
for more than 20 years before it was standardised.
At the same time, Dr. practitioner of Enmakaje
Mohankumar, a local medical Panchayath, concerned with the
large number of strange diseases wrote to Indian Medical Association(IMA)iv and other psychiatric specialists drawing their attention to the mysterious nature of the problems there. He felt the root of the problem lies in the water in the area. Dr. Mohankumar reported that there were abnormally high numbers of psychiatric and epileptic cases in his village. Almost at the same time Leelakumari a mother of two children and Agriculture Assistant working in the Periya Krishi Bhavanv, who had moved to her new home in Periya village, realized that her son who is a good
daughter also put her up in
developed some hormone a hostel outside the area
problems and she till the spray drift
recovers. She found that loss of voice and hormonal
she herself was suffering from problems. She appealed to the
PCK, the District Collector and poisoning their fields and wells.
all the authorities to stop The Kerala State Pollution
Control Board reported that
(KSPCB) collected water from their the well was not contaminated,
procedure they followed lackadaisical attitude in
their very controlling
pollution was later criticized KSPCB Chairman also made a
in a prominent
Leelakumari along with Kottan, politician and others appealed to the Court) for stay of spraying in 1998.
a farmer and local Munsif Court (a local The Hon’ble Munsiff,
taken by the industrialist.
respondents ( They say that
the PCK ) is that of a heartless use of insecticides would bring
at the cost of human lives…. Certainly we have destroy nature, but the question is whether we
power to have the
wisdom to preserve it…” groups, led by the Society Kerala (SEEK)vi also joined
for Environmental Education in in support of the struggle of the
people and filed separate petition in the High Court for stopping aerial spraying in Periya Division.
separate fact finding teams, one by Thanal reported incidence of
led by SEEK and later similar diseases in all
panchayaths The survey
that have plantations or
are close to them.
Insecticides Act of measures and even
1968 in precautionary and safety in concentrations of the chemical
In many places the PCK workers themselves health disorders but requested anonymity out of
fear of the management. Soon after, Thanal, supported SEEK and many community and local groups decided
conduct a long term endosulfan caused
of the area
October 1999. A District Collector.
preliminary report was submitted to the In December 1999, inspite of all the hue
cry over the plantations
unmindful spraying of
waterbodies, of spraying.
the PCK was getting The environmental
ready for the next round groups – SEEK, Indian