BKS opposes roll out of GM mustard, wants probe against GEAC
An RSS-affiliated farmers’ body today demanded a ban on commercial roll out of GM mustard and an internal probe into the functioning of country’s bio-tech regulator GEAC that falls under the Environment Ministry.
Accusing the GEAC of being “in a hurry” to grant permission for commercial cultivation of GM mustard, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh questioned the GM technology which depends on chemical spraying, saying “who are they (GM propagators) making a fool of”.
“Bharatiya Kisan Sangh appeals for a complete ban on the introduction of GM Mustard with immediate effect and to hold a transparent internal inquiry about the sole existence of function of GEAC and its mandatory relevance with the safety assessment of any introduction,” it said in a statement.
“GEAC is in a hurry to give permission to GM Mustard for commercial cultivation. This GM Mustard testing application was rejected by the same GEAC in 2002. What again happened and now again the GEAC is in hurry to give permission and under whose pressure?,” the Kisan Sangh asked.
Anti-GM activists have been opposing the approval of GM Mustard for commercial release and have upped the ante against the “unscientific” appraisal process.
GEAC had constituted a sub-committee to review the technical details and dossier related to environmental release of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea) hybrid DMH-11 and use of parental events (varuna bn 3.6 and EH2 mod bs 2.99) for development of new generation hybrids. submitted by the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), University of Delhi, South Campus (UDSC), which had submitted its report.