Centre, A.P. wrangle over Seed Bill

Hyderabad, May 29: K. V. Kurmanath

The Centre has asked Andhra Pradesh to abandon its plans to come out with a separate Seed Bill.

The Bill proposes to regulate retail prices of the seed and the royalty component in the case of transgenic seeds. It also empowers the State to withdraw permission for genetic technology if it poses danger to public security.

The Union Government has written a letter to the State Agriculture Ministry, saying the Bill would be redundant as it (the Centre) is coming out with a similar Bill at the national level.