Coalition for a GM-Free India demands Prakash Javadekar stop flip-flopping on the regulatory clearance, and Say no to GM field trials:
July 30, 2014 by Rajesh Krishnan
The Coalition for a GM-Free India today demanded that the government be decisive in stopping all approvals for field trials of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in the country. The Coalition, consisting of more than 400 groups across 22 states also reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party government of its promise in the election manifesto of taking a precautionary approach towards open releases of risky GMOs. Reacting to the continuing flip-flops on the matter by the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on the matter, the Coalition pointed out that policy consistency is an essential part of the good governance that BJP promised the country. The Minister’s statement in the media yesterday – that the government has not taken any decision so far on the numerous GM crop field trial approvals that Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under his ministry had accorded – had kick-started a controversy as he had earlier in the day assured a delegation that field trial approvals have been kept on hold.