Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Supreme Court asks Centre to set up panel to assess effect of aircraft fumigation on passengers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Centre to constitute within two weeks a high-level committee of experts to ascertain whether spraying insecticides or fumigation to ward off mosquitoes in aircraft was harmful for passengers.

The court, which was hearing pleas against the National Green Tribunal's ban on spraying of disinfectants and pesticides in aircraft, said that it was not in favour of a blanket restriction and may allow it on some routes where mosquito problem was prevalent after the committee submits its report.

The ministry of health and family welfare told the top court that spraying of disinfectants was not harmful and it was in accordance with guidelines of World Health Organisation.

A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee asked the Centre to constitute a high-level committee of experts, which may include a representative from airlines, within two weeks.

"With regard to the nature of the issue and in the context of public health... we consider it appropriate that the Union of India constitute a high powered committee of experts to assess the harmful and hazardous effects of fumigation and the issue of of policy which needs to be examined...," the bench said.

It asked the Centre to apprise it about constitution of the committee in two weeks.
02/07/19 PTI/India Today
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