Jayanthi Natarajan line reversed, Moily and Pawar will ask SC to allow GM trials

Ravish Tiwari, Anubhuti Vishnoi : New Delhi, Fri Jan 03 2014

Environment Minister Veerappa Moily and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar are learnt to have agreed that a joint affidavit should be filed in the Supreme Court, asking that field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops be allowed, albeit with “stringent conditions”.

The line taken by Moily, who met Pawar on Thursday to discuss the government’s position on GM field trials, is at variance with the majority opinion of the court-appointed Technical Expert Committee (TEC) which recommended a countrywide ban on field trials.