“Ban indosulfan immediately, demands GM Free Bihar Movement”

Patna, 13th May, 2011. Citing an ad-interim Supreme Court order banning sale and use of indosulfan, the GM Free Bihar Movement has requested Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to prohibit this pesticide in Bihar.

The Movement’s convener Pankaj Bhushan had already written to the CM on the issue on 28.02.2011 stating that indosulfan should not be allowed to be produced, sold, stored or used in the state. “Now that the Hon’ble Supreme Court today banned the production, sale and use of this controversial pesticide for the next eight weeks, Bihar government must immediately realize the gravity of the situation,” Bhushan said.

Holding that human life is more important than anything else and keeping in mind various judgments under Article 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution and particularly keeping in mind the precautionary principle, the Supreme Court today directed and passed the ad-interim order for immediate ban on production and use of Endosulfan all over India.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia also directed the statutory authorities to freeze the production licences granted to the manufacturers of the controversial pesticide till its further order. It also ordered two separate detailed studies on the adverse effects of Endosulfan on human life and environment by two committees, headed respectively by Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR) director general and the agricultural commissioner and sought their reports within eight weeks.

“In view of this very important development, may you kindly pass an urgent order putting a blanket ban on Indosulfan and prohibit its sale, use, storage and production in Bihar with immediate effect,” Bhushan said in his letter to the Chief Minister.

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