30th July 2014
The Centre has done well to clarify that a final decision on allowing field trials of genetically modified crops will be taken only after a due consultative process. Fears about an imminent approval had arisen in view of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee giving a green signal to the field trials of 15 GM crops. The ruling party had given an assurance in its election manifesto that such trials would not be allowed without taking the stakeholders into confidence. The time has, in fact, come for the government to make a categorical declaration that GM crops would not be allowed in India. This will settle the issue once and for all. There are many reasons to do so.