Andhra Pradesh Govt apathy towards Centre for Sustainable Agriculture's alert on killer pesticides
Saturday December 31 2005
AP unmoved by NHRC notice
From R Akhileshwari DH News Service Hyderabad:
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has not yet responded to the notice of the National Human Rights Commission given in September to report on the deaths and hospitalisation of hundreds of people in Warangal district in 2004 due to exposure to dangerous and highly toxic pesticides.
The NHRC served a notice on the government in response to a report of the Secundreabad-based NGO, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, that eight persons died in 2004 due to exposure to pesticides. The NGO also said that there were 202 cases of poisoning due to pesticide exposure. They were treated by seven hospitals, both government and private, in Warangal district in 2004.
Two deaths that occurred in 2003 too came to light during the survey.
The NHRC asked the state government to respond with a detailed report within four weeks. Sixteen weeks have lapsed and the government has not responded.
There was no response from any top official to DHNS efforts to get an update.
While Commissioner of Agriculture Poonam Malkondaiah was not available despite several attempts to get her on phone, Additional Director of Agriculture Koti Reddy said he was not even aware that the NHRC had issued a notice. "I am telling you no I don