LMIPPE February 2002
National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage - Natural Heritage (INTACH) , National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM), Earth Society, Kasaragod Paristhithi Samrakshana Samithi (KPSS), and Thanal - named PCK as the worst polluter of the State and declared the area
as a silent Bhopal 15th Anniversary
caused by PCK while remembering the
released “The chemical free century free future” on this occasion.
In January 2000,
School Resource Group (SRG) High School in Vaninagar in
capabilities were also poor. was happening. LP section
The SRG wondered why this of the school has about 152
students, 40 of those who come from the back side is suffering from some sort of congenital anomaly, mental retardation, physical deformity. Many other are frequently taken ill. Later it was realized that the cashew
plantation was in the backside of the school.
In October, 2000 the Munsif Court of Hosdurg ordered permanent prohibition of use of any insecticide by air. The court also restrained PCK from using other methods which may cause harm to people’s properties. This order was on a case filed in Periya Plantation area only and was not operational to other areas. The PCK, inspite of massive and widespread protests from other areas, especially Muliyar and Perla plantation area, resorted to aerial spraying of endosulfan, after arresting hundreds of people who were asking for their wells and other waterbodies to be covered, as per the Insecticides Act and the directions of the District Collector.
In Enmakaje Panchayath, the community decided to continue the struggle and they formed the Endosulfan Spray Protest Action Committee (ESPAC) led by the local doctors, farmers, teachers and a journalist. It was soon after this that Sports and Arts groups, cultural groups and panchayaths from other parts of Kasaragod also came together and formed a larger network to protest against the endosulfan use and aerial spraying and to find an alternate solution to this issue. All these groups recognised that information about toxicity of endosulfan and the problems it created was lacking. Information from various national and international sources were collected and their worst fears were confirmed. The people realised that they were exposed to a chemical which has been classified as an “extremely hazardous”
pesticide affecting the Central Nervous Reproductive system, Immune System, Liver,
and Skin. Insecticides
The Government Act could do nothing
machinery and the to protect them from
Kerala a fact-
finding mission, were still asking for evidence contamination and were terming this pesticide as
“safe” pesticide, pointing
out to its use Mohankumar
in IPM. Separate and Link-Trada,
The people realised that they were exposed to a chemical which has been classified as an “extremely hazardous” pesticide affecting the Central Nervous system, Reproductive system, Immune System, Liver, Kidneys and Skin.
The Government machinery and the Insecticides Act could do nothing to protect them from being poisoned.