Left to continue protests till endosulfan is banned

May 2nd, 2011 - 11:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, May 2 (IANS) The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala Monday evening decided to continue its protests against endosulfan and pressure the central government to ensure that the killer pesticide is banned.

Addressing reporters after a meeting here, LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan said that despite a call for global ban on the pesticide that has come from the Geneva meeting, the centre’s stand is not that positive.

“We appeal to the centre to stop playing games on this issue and see that the ban is enforced without wasting any more time. We will continue to exert pressure on the centre,” said Viswan.

The LDF last week called for a state-wide shutdown to protest the central government’s stand not to ban endosulphan, blamed for many deaths of farmers in the state.

At Monday’s meeting, the LDF decided to ask the central government to announce a special package for all endosulfan victims in the state.

About 500 deaths since 1995 in 11 villages in Kasargode district have been officially acknowledged as related to the spraying of endosulfan on crops. Unofficial estimates put the deaths since the late 1970s at around 4,000.

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