HC rejects plea challenging Bt cotton seed price cut

The petitioner had challenged the govt’s decision to reduce the price of 450-gm seed packet by Rs 100.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 19, 2015 1:54 am
bombay high court, bombay court, bt cotton, bt cotton news, bombay high court bt cotton, mumbai news, india news The court, however, said the manufacturers had failed to submit proper calculations about the production cost of the GM seeds despite repeated reminders by the government.

The court, however, said the manufacturers had failed to submit proper calculations about the production cost of the GM seeds despite repeated reminders by the government.

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has rejected the petition filed by seed manufacturers challenging the state government’s decision to cut the price of Bt cotton seeds by Rs 100 per standard bag.

A bench comprising Justices Bhushan Gavai and Indira Jain dismissed the petition Wednesday, saying the government had a right to take policy decisions. It said farmers were committing suicide and their problems had been compounded by natural calamities like hailstorms. The bench also observed that the petitioner did not submit details about the cost of seed production as sought by the government.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

The Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra, the petitioner in the case, had challenged the reduction in the price of 450-gm seeds packet to Rs 830, down by Rs 100. The association, through its high-profile lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, argued that the companies would face closure due to the price cut.

The petition also claimed to have submitted representation to the government on the price calculations but the government did not give it proper attention.

The court, however, said the manufacturers had failed to submit proper calculations about the production cost of the GM seeds despite repeated reminders by the government.

The previous Congress-NCP government had initiated the move but it was kept in abeyance due to election code of conduct. Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the only three states where prices of GM seeds are regulated by state governments. Elsewhere, the prices are as per open market rates.

With Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse reducing the Bt cotton seed price last week, the Maharashtra price is the lowest in the country now. It remains Rs 930 in Andhra and Telangana. Former advocate general Sunil Manohar represented the state.

Video of the day

For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results