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NCCI endorse campaign against endosulfan
Published on 1 May. 2011 10:07 PM IST
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The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) expresses its deep concern over permitting the use of endosulfan in India’s ultimate agriculture.
The NCCI endorses the campaign against endosulfan undertaken by the Indian Civil Society’s different fora, for quite some time now, demanding and pressing for a nationwide ban on the deadly pesticide - the use of which over the years left scores dead and forced several hundreds to live with chronic health problems in many parts of India
NCCI acknowledges and endorses the decision of the Stockholm conference to ban endosulfan. Realizing the grim danger posed by the pesticide to living beings and nature, it had been banned by 80 countries. NCCI demands that the Government of India inform the Nation as to why the UPA Government at the Centre is still reluctant to take action?
NCCI expresses disappointment over the statement of the Honorable Minster for Environment and Forest that Government of India would study it and if needed ban endosulfan. NCCI is of the opinion that there is no need for further studies to establish the grievous consequences of endosulfan as the experience of Kerala has sufficiently brought out that aspect. Instead of rooting for researches on endosulfan it should be banned immediately.
NCCI demands that the Government of India, especially the Ministry of Environment and Forest, should have a perpetual quest for assuring healthy agricultural products and improving the standards by banning harmful fertilizers. Since endosulfan has been declared harmful worldwide, the Government of India should also do likewise and assure the health and safety of the Indian society.
The Government of India’s Agriculture Ministry should also strive to adopt and promote eco-friendly pesticides from bio-products.

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