25 Feb 2013
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f the 13, seven started developing problems associated with poisoning after puberty, three of them had mental disabilities and a like number had physical deformities.
What made the foundation suspect that there may be cases in Udupi district too? Dr Shanbagh said: "Initially, we had no idea even the Dakshina Kannada district had endosulfan poisoning cases. fter some legwork, we found out that aerial spraying was done by the Karnataka Cashew Development Corporation (KCDC) over plantations in Nellyady and Kokkda villages. When we went deeper, we came to know that aerial spraying was done in more than 92 villages in four taluks of the district.''
According to information secured through an RTI query, aerial spraying was done in 5,998 hectares of land in 75 villages in Udupi district and 38 villages of Moodabidri from 1989 to 2010.
It could be just the tip of the iceberg. The Human Rights Protection Foundation, Udupi, has detected 13 cases of alleged endosulfan poisoning in Kundapur taluk.
Foundation president Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag told TOI: "Recently, we had organized a seminar on endosulfan tragedy at Kundapur where 13 persons with various disabilities had come to the venue with a hope of getting some relief."
n expert body tasked with examining the fate of controversial pesticide endosulfan on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the most feasible way of phasing it out was to exhaust the stock of raw material by allowing manufacture, sale and use of the pesticide.
Additional solicitor general Gourab Banerjee handed over the response of the Joint Expert Committee in agriculture ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to a bench of Justices Swatanter Kumar and Madan Lokur. The bench reserved order on the suggestions.