Govt passes food ordinance, Pawar bats for GM crops
Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times New Delhi, July 04, 2013
A strong pitch for genetically-modified (GM) crops revived again in the top quarters of the UPA with agriculture minister Sharad Pawar batting for it on Wednesday in the wake of the government’s decision to push the food security bill through an ordinance.
Pawar, who was earlier known to have doubts over the food security scheme, maintained in the cabinet meeting that GM crops should be pursued to ensure success of the scheme that targets food handouts for 67% of the country’s population.
Pawar was one of the ministers who spoke e xtensively on the food ordinance on Thursday’s cabinet meeting and also sought more allocations for expanding irrigation projects.