New Delhi: The Centre told the Delhi high court on Wednesday that it had decided to continue using 51 out of the 66 pesticides that have been banned worldwide.
Sanjay Jain, additional solicitor general, told a bench headed by chief justice of the Delhi high court, G. Rohini that the Centre had taken the decision based on the findings and recommendation of an expert committee but a few of them would be subject to further review.
“Out of the 51 pesticides that will continue to be used, 27 would be reviewed in the year 2018 while six of them will be phased out by 2020, after suggestions from various stakeholders.” Jain submitted before the court.
He also said that the Centre had accepted the committee’s recommendations as a whole and decided to ban the use of one pesticide, fenitrothion, for agricultural purposes, as suggested by the committee’s report.
Regarding the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on use of Endosulfan, the Centre told the court that the ban would continue.
The petitioner, K.V. Biju, had by way of a public interest litigation, challenged the constitution of the expert committee and alleged that it consisted of various representatives/members from the pesticide industry who had vested commercial interests in the review.
In view of the submissions made by the Centre, the petitioner agreed to file a fresh petition challenging the constitution and implementation of the findings of the expert committee.