Govt junks plan to allow trials of Bt brinjal, other transgenic crops

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NEW DELHI: Bowing to the pressure of RSS-linked farm outfit Bhartiya

Kisan Sangh

and heeding to the unwillingness of some states, the Centre has junked its decision of allowing scientific field trials of transgenic crops including indigenously developed

Bt brinjal

.
The central regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), had last year allowed bio-safety research field trials of two new transgenic varieties of Bt brinjal in eight states — MP, Karnataka, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,

Tamil Nadu

, Odisha and

West Bengal

— during 2020-23.
The Bhartiya Kisan Sangh and other groups had, however, subsequently submitted seven representations to the Centre and different state governments, urging them not to give ‘No Objection Certificate’ for biosafety field trials of Bt brinjal.
In

Rajya Sabha

on Monday, environment minister

Prakash Javadekar

said, “It has been decided that proposals for field trials of GM crops, including Bt brinjal, will not be taken up for consideration in the GEAC without the concerned state’s UT’s recommendation.”

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