Updated on 10 August 2012
The report comes at a time when the Union government is trying hard to introduce a new regulatory system for GM crops by the name Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill. "The standing committee report exposes the serious gaps in our country's GM regulatory system and the lopsided GM technology promotion policies of the government," said Ms Neha Saigal, Sustainable Agriculture campaigner, Greenpeace India. She added that it is time that our government prioritise the welfare of its citizens over profit motivated seed companies who are the only ones benefiting from GM crops.
Greenpeace demands the Indian government to take the recommendations of the Parliamentary standing committee on agriculture seriously and immediately act on them.
The committee, over a period of two and half years, travelled across the country and consulted various stakeholders in the debate including farmers, farmer union leaders, biotechnology industry representatives, relevant departments in the Union government, state governments, scientists and civil society members.