Bhubaneswar, Mar 14 (Local Wire): After several reports hinted at rise of cancer cases in Bargarh district apparently due to increased usage of pesticides and fertilisers in the farm lands, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP in the Rajya Sabha Prasanna Acharya raked up the matter in the Upper House on Friday.
Acharya during his deliberation in the House of Seniors asked the Union government to consider forming a team of experts who can examine the causes of cancer in Bargarh district.
This comes after a team of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) visited the site post publication of a news report in Down to Earth magazine which tried to link rise of cancer cases in Bargarh due to increased usage of fertilisers and pesticides.
“Bargarh district contributes close to 30 per cent of Odisha’s paddy production. This district is now reeling under the threat of increased cancer cases.
According to a survey, mostly the low-income group farmers are afflicted by cancer due to heavy use of pesticides and fertilisers,” he told the Upper House.
The veteran MP also said that as the state government has come forward for opening one Cancer hospital in the district the Centre must come to assist the project and extended their hand holding support by financially helping it besides other technical support.
The MP said that as per ICMR in 2019, 17 lakh people have been affected by cancer in India out of which seven lakh may not survive beyond 2021.
He told the Rajya Sabha that the low income group population are mostly vulnerable to cancer which also adds up to their debts.