Updated on 30 October 2012
Meanwhile, newly-appointed Science and Technology Minister Dr S Jaipal Reddy told the media that science was not clear yet on the issue of GM crops and it should not be treated as an ideological issue. "I think the problem of GM crops is under discussion at the global level. Scientific consensus has not finally emerged. Debate is on at a global level. Science is not clear yet," he told press when he took over the charge of his ministry on October 29, 2012.
Earlier this month, the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister, headed by eminent scientist Dr C N R Rao, favored introduction of GM crops. The science panel argued that the technology had potential to transform Indian agriculture.