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Workers demand withdrawal of study on Endosulfan
Ahmedabad | Tuesday, Nov 16 2010 IST
 
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Several workers and their family members took out a rally in Bhavnagar town and submitted a memorandum to the District Collector seeking immediate withdrawal of report on Endosulfan published by city-based National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH).

The rally to the Collectorate yesterday was a representation of 6000 workers engaged in manufacturing units of Endosulfan in India. They were joined by MPs, leaders from diverse political parties, and other known social workers.

The workers demanded that Central Government should withdraw the report immediately as the flaws have come to light after the analysis of raw data that was obtained from NIOH through RTI filed by a team of senior scientists, stated a release issued by Excel Karmachari Association President Mahendra Jadhav and Excel Staff Association President Rajubhai Trivedi.

Through the memorandum, the workers also proposed that an independent study by a reputed institution be initiated by taking blood samples of any or all of them to publish the truth in a transparent and impartial manner.

''We simply want the truth to be revealed. We want the findings in Kerala to be corroborated with the analysis of our own blood samples,'' they demanded and added that if it is found true in Kerala then it will be found true in Gujarat too.

The NIOH report titled 'Report of the investigations of unusual illnesses allegedly produced by Endosulfan exposure in Padre village of Kasargode district in North Kerala' had raised questions on the health hazards from the usage of Endosulfan. This report was considered by the Stockholm Convention review committee while recommending a global ban on Endosulfan.

The workers' representatives said there are hundreds of workers who had worked in the endosulfan plant for over 20 years, but having no ill effect on their health.

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