Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

TN govt shows no serious effort to reduce ‘Pesticide Poisoning’


The reluctance, showing by the Tamil Nadu government to submit the action-taken report over the issue of ‘pesticide poisoning’ to the National Human Rights Commission, clearly indicates that the state has totally failed to take any serious effort or policies to effectively confront the manmade disaster, which took at least nine lives in the recent past in the state.

The issue of pesticide poisoning was initially identified by a team of fact-finding led by several professionals and activists.

The fact-finding team recognised that several famers living in Perambalur, Ariyalur, Salem and Cuddalore districts were affected by the pesticide poisoning.

The shocking thing that the fact-finding team discovered was that at least nine people were killed by the ailments caused by the pesticide poisoning.

It was an activist who was a part of the fact-finding team filed a complaint in connection with the issue in the National Human Rights Commission.

Though the NHRC acted on the issue in a timely manner, the Tamil Nadu government representatives from whom the commission is expecting a action-taken report on the issue failed to show as much enthusiasm as the commission and the fact-finding team.

A national media has quoted as a source from the Tamil Nadu department as saying that the government department has already taken necessary steps to eliminate the disaster.

Punjab, which is one of the biggest agrarian economies of the country, recently banned hazardous pesticides.

Will Tamil Nadu adopt such hard measures?


Vignesh. S. G

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TN govt shows no serious effort to reduce ‘Pesticide Poisoning’