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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.

8

Thanal

country”. December

(Letter No. 1997 to the

F. PA (TECH.ADV)/97 Manager, PCK Ltd ). It

dated 26 is indeed

appalling

that

aerial

spraying

of

endosulfan

was

going

on

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

singer

is

loosing

his

voice

and

suffers

from

depression.

Her

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,

well but

and the

procedure they followed lackadaisical attitude in

in testing

and

monitoring

and

their very controlling

pollution was later criticized KSPCB Chairman also made a

in various

forums. The

statement

in a prominent

magazine

that

they

lacked

information

about

endosulfan.

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,

while

issuing

the

stay

order

observed

that

“The

Stand

taken by the industrialist.

respondents ( They say that

the PCK ) is that of a heartless use of insecticides would bring

more

profit

and

more

foreign

exchange.

But

it

cannot

be

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

.

Many

local

environmental

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.

asking Two

separate fact finding teams, one by Thanal reported incidence of

led by SEEK and later similar diseases in all

one the

panchayaths The survey

that have plantations or

also

found

that

PCK

are close to them.

has

violated

the

Insecticides Act of measures and even

1968 in precautionary and safety in concentrations of the chemical

sprayed. reported

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

by to

conduct a long term endosulfan caused

monitoring

of the area

to study

the

problems.

This was

launched

in

October 1999. A District Collector.

preliminary report was submitted to the In December 1999, inspite of all the hue

and the

cry over the plantations

unmindful spraying of

and

the

people’s

endosulfan dwellings

over and

waterbodies, of spraying.

the PCK was getting The environmental

ready for the next round groups – SEEK, Indian

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