CM backs his Kerala counterpart on endosulfan

CM backs his Kerala counterpart on endosulfan

“It is a matter of concern that 70 per cent of the global production of endosulfan is being sold in India. The stand taken on the issue by the Union Agriculture Ministry at the Geneva Convention is a disgrace to the entire nation,” Yeddyurappa said here on Friday.

Speaking at a two-day National Convention of Fishermen in the City, he declared his support to the fight against the pesticide taken up by Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

Fish kits

He said the State government would provide fish marketing kits to 10,000 fishing families. He said steps would be taken to upgrade the Mangalore port as an all-season port. All shelterless fishermen would be provided houses in two years, he said.

Representatives from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Dadar-Nagar Haveli, Diu-Daman, Goa and Lakshadweep attended the convention.

Later speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa hailed the decision of the Supreme Court in rejecting the petition of Sirajin Basha to transfer the hearing of his complaints out of Karnataka.

Terming the top court decision “a victory for truth”, the chief minister said he was well aware of the political persons backing Basha.

Yeddyurappa said the Cabinet would be expanded after the results of the byelections to three Assembly constituencies in the State are announced on May 13. Referring to allegations of illegal mining in the State levelled by Congress, Yeddyurappa said the names of persons who allowed illegal mining will soon be made public before the Supreme Court.