Why threats can't unnerve T V Anupama?
Q. Being a person who wages a fight against toxic vegetables, what are the points you keep in mind while purchasing vegetables?
I think I’m bit lucky. Here, some persons are cultivating vegetables at their residences. I used to purchase from them directly and also from KITS vegetable farm. If possible, I’ll try to pick home-grown veggies. Even then, some items have to be bought from shops. Vegetables are also raised in my residence and also my husband’s. In Thiruvananthapuram, we cultivated vegetables for a while. However, the plants started withering once I stayed away for a few days. Hence, it has been stopped for time being. Whenever I purchase vegetables from shops, I took extra care for cleaning them properly. Given my job, I know exactly the toxic contents in each item. Compared to other items, the pesticide residue is high in coriander leaves, curry leaves and green chilli. This was evident from the analysis. Hence the use of curry leaves has been reduced now.
Q. Were you afraid while locking horns with corporates?
No. As far as I’m concerned, this is not at all a fight. The pesticide companies are sending legal notices as a tactic to exert pressure. Such issues will be dealt with legally. Now I have enough mental strength to ensure that such issues are not affecting my duty.
Q. What about the threats?
No serious threats at all. Once the public started backing me, they fizzled out. I received 6-7 threat letters and it stopped gradually.
Q. If transferred?
The civil servants have to serve in diverse roles at different locations. We never expect to continue in a particular post for a specific period. The transfers are part of the job.
Q. Your role model?
Too many names to mention. The job of checking the files can be performed anytime. There are officials, who show exceptional skills in discharging their duty. For instance, Vijanand sir of Panchayati Raj Department and K M Abraham sir of Social Justice Department. I have great respect for such persons.