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India: NGO accuses chemical industry of harming public health

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 said.

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, he said.

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 added.

 


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