Shimla: State unit of BJP Kissan Moracha decided to oppose any move to introduce new Pesticide Managnment Bill in the Parliament, terming it against the interest of people, as it did not ensure their safety after massive use of pesticides.
The bill was with standing committee since 2008 and is likely to be reintroduced in the current parliament session. Incharge of BJP Kissan Moracha O.P.Dhankar said this while addressing media persons here today. Charging union government to reduce the power of state, he alleged that agriculture was a state subject and it is trying to dissolve the power of states by enforcing uniform provisions in the entire country with similar bills. He said that the bill being introduced is likely to create more toxicity in the environment. Moreover, it would deprive the states from existing policy to have their separate pesticides management in different region and according to their requirement.
Seeking to make pesticide management the subject of environment department, he said that in developed nations like US, Canada, Australia and Israel, the environment ministry deals with the subject, but on the other hand in India it is a subject of agriculture. He also threatened to submit a memorandum before Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh to oppose re-tabling of this legislation by organising a protest on March 14, 2011 in this capital town.