Yavatmal pesticide poisoning: Lack of accountability, negligence and abysmal medical facilities behind farmers' deaths
Pesticide deaths are not new to Yavatmal and according to information recently obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by this correspondent, the district reported two deaths each year in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In 2015-16, eight people died due to pesticide poisoning.
Centre for Science and Environment demands ban on toxic pesticides following death of Yavatmal farmers
The death of farmers in Maharashtra allegedly due to pesticide poisoning highlights gross negligence, CSE said and demanded a ban on the use of toxic pesticides
Monocrotophos, which has been was found to be in common usage in Yawatmal among other substances, is a harmful pesticide which has been linked to farmer deaths
Yavatmal cotton farmer deaths Part 1: Blame games galore as toxic pesticides continue to claim lives
It is mostly landless labourers who put their lives at risk to earn anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 500 a day.
Nearly a decade ago, the government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a Bihar village school providing free lunches under the government-sponsored midday meal programme.
Nearly a week after 23 children lost their lives in Bihar, the Bihar Police have set-up an eight member SIT headed by the Sarang SP Sujit Kumar to investigate the incident. While no arrests have been made in the case yet, the tragedy seems to go beyond mere negligence.