Pesticide Management Bill 2020 is Inadequate to protect human health and environmental well-being
Government of India is going to update its 50 year old pesticide legislation. Towards it, a bill named ‘Pesticide Management Bill 2020’ was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 23rd March 2020, after the Union Cabinet approved it a month before. After more than a year, in July 2021, the Bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture for examination. This bill once passed, would replace the existing Insecticides Act 1968, and two draft bills proposed in 2008 and 2017 in the same name. This bill intends to regulate the pesticide sector in India. However, the Bill failed to addressed the ground reality of pesticide use in the country and require several amendments to protect human health and environmental well being.
WEBINAR | 24th June 2021 | 2.30pm IST
PAN Asia Pacific, together with the Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisoned Persons (MAPPP), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India, Public Eye and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) invite you to a webinar that sheds light on the quest for justice of a group of Indian farmers who were poisoned by a pesticide marketed by Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta.
In this webinar, participants will learn more about this emblematic case of pesticide poisoning, the quest for justice and accountability of a group of Indian farmers and the way forward for regulating pesticides use both India and Europe.
Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 11am CET/ 2.30pm India Standard Time
The webinar will be held in English. Translation to Marathi will be provided simultaneously.
State of Glyphosate Use In India: National Assessment Report Released
State of Glyphosate Use in India
This report reveals the ground reality of glyphosate use in India based on field survey in seven Indian States. This study presents the fact that glyphosate use is happening in India violating the national regulations as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management.
In a gazette notification issued on 14thof May 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture proposed a draft order intended to ban the 27 pesticides and sought comments or suggestions from stakeholders.
The notification says ‘sixty-six insecticides which are banned or restricted or withdrawn in other countries but continue to be registered for domestic use in India’ were reviewed by an Expert Committee set up by the Ministry of Agriculture. The ministry considered recommendations of this committee and recognized that use of the ‘twenty seven insecticides are likely to involve risk to human being and animals as to render it expedient or necessary to take immediate action’.
The deadly pesticide endosulfan has caused innumerable health hazards to communities
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