GM crops: PM revealed his assertive self to push for trials

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi  April 14, 2014

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can be assertive when he chooses to. He has certainly imposed his will on the government to push the case for the controversial genetically-modified (GM) food crops.

Documents reviewed by Business Standard show, for almost two years, Singh and his office have been the moving force behind the decision to go ahead with field trials of GM crops, including food crops, without awaiting regulatory reforms or the conclusion of the ongoing case before the Supreme Court. “Manmohan Singh remained consistent in his insistence about paring the food security Bill and in his advocacy for GM crops,” said a senior official in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.