The New Indian Express, 4 February 2016



NEW DELHI: The demand to stop commercialise GM mustard got louder with nearly 120 scientists writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against processing of GM mustard environmental release application.

In a letter to Modi and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, they raised strong objection against and deep concerns with regard to the secretive and hurried processing being done.

The environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) is scheduled to meet Friday to take a final call on GM mustard commercialisation in India. Farmers group have also opposed the move and demanded cancellation of meeting.

The group said that the current processes undertaken by the regulators are actually defying Supreme Court and Central Information Commission Orders in terms of transparency and independence of regulation and would like to warn the government that this will only erode the confidence of society on regulators as well as the scientific establishment in general.


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