CM orders SIT probe into pesticide issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2017 10:10:33


Staff Reporter,

Culpable homicide cases against pesticide companies making wrong formulations, and selling those without approval

Ban on ‘Chinese spray guns’

Agriculture Development Officer of Yavatmal district to be suspended

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, has ordered probe through a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the pesticide poisoning in Yavatmal district. Besides, the Government has decided to impose a ban on ‘Chinese spray guns’, and also book the pesticide companies making wrong formulations and selling those without approval.

As per the reports reaching here from Mumbai, where Fadnavis spoke to media, the Chief Minister also ordered suspension of Agriculture Development Officer of Yavatmal district. “We will think about enacting a separate law to prevent such incidents in future,” he said. Stating that the Government had taken a serious cognisance of the deaths due to pesticide poisoning and hundreds of farmers/farm labourers taking ill in Yavatmal district, Fadnavis said that the Government would register cases against pesticide companies that made wrong formulations and sold those without approval.

As far as investigation is concerned, already, Fadnavis had ordered on October 3 an enquiry into pesticide poisoning
cases. Sudhir Shrivastav, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), was asked to conduct enquiry into it. Accordingly, he visited Kalamb tehsil in Yavatmal district on Monday and interacted with farmers, local elected representatives, and officers concerned.

Following this, he submitted his preliminary report to the Government. Fadnavis said on Tuesday after the State Cabinet meeting that the Government had received the report. Considering the gravity of the situation, he said, he had ordered an SIT probe into the matter and action would be taken against those found guilty.

One of the reasons behind farmers/farm labourers in Yavatmal district dying due to use of ‘Chinese spray guns’. These guns are to be charged before use. Once a sprayer starts spraying pesticide after pressing the ‘on’ button on these guns, he has to go on till the liquid in the can on his back is exhausted.

As a result, the risk of exposure to pesticide increases for the farmer/farm labourer engaged in spraying exercise. Considering this, the Government has decided to ban these ‘Chinese spray guns’. These spray guns are called so as most of them are manufactured mainly in China.