By The Hindu
New Delhi-- Accusing the chemical industry of pressurising the
centre for not ratifying the treaty which bans the production,
export and import of hazardous chemicals in the country, an NGO
today asked the government to sign it in public benefit.
Ratifying the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Treaty will ensure that the Indian people are safe from dangerous
chemicals and also show that Indian chemicals industry cannot
trade public health and profits, a release from 'Toxics Link'
today quoted an anti toxics activist, Ravi Agrawal, as having
India is a signatory to the convention after it signed the treaty
on May 14, 2002, but has not ratified it yet owing to the pressure
from "backward looking" industry, he said.
Goal of the convention is to eliminate the harm and suffering
of the people who are exposed to toxic chemicals linked to various
diseases such as cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses,
The treaty, which becomes law in 60 countries from today after
they had ratified the convention, bans the production of hazardous
chemicals such as Poly-chlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs), dioxins and
several pesticides in those countries, he said.
Over 150 countries have signed the POPs treaty that seeks global
elimination of hazardous chemicals, he said.
The treaty is one of the two international treaties under the
United Nations Environmental Programme which seek to see the world
a safe habitat from dangerous chemicals and waste, the release