Anti-GM crops activists submit memorandum to PM Narandra Modi

"As a government that professes to stand for cooperative federalism, the government of India should not go through with GM mustard approval in the face of objections from states," said the Sarson Satyagraha

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 29, 2016 12:42 am
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It said that no state government is favouring GM mustard, while many important mustard states have taken a firm stand against commercial approval of the HT mustard. (File)

Anti-GM activists and farmers have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding rejection of GM Mustard to safeguard the interest of farmers, consumers and environment. Farmers organisations including RSS-affiliatee Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, civil society organisations, experts and common citizens under the banner Sarson Satyagraha have come together and pointed out “serious objections” to the release of Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard in their memorandum.

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“All major farmer organisations are raising a strong voice against GM Mustard which they don’t see as a beneficial technology in either short or long term, carrying all the risks described above, and opening the door for many other GM food crops,” said the memorandum issued by the Sarson Satyagraha,

“We demand that the government should reject GM Mustard. We urge you to take this decision as Prime Minister, in the interests of farmers, consumers and environment, and ultimately in the national interest,” the memorandum said.

It said that no state government is favouring GM mustard, while many important mustard states have taken a firm stand against commercial approval of the hybrid and even states that are mainly into mustard consumption are against this HT mustard.

“As a government that professes to stand for cooperative federalism, the government of India should not go through with GM mustard approval in the face of objections from states,” it said.

Country’s biotech regulator GEAC had constituted a sub-committee to review the technical details and dossier related to environmental release of Genetically Engineered Mustard.

The report was uploaded on the ministry’s website inviting comments from various stakeholders till October 5.

After receiving hundreds of comments from various stakeholders, the Ministry had forwarded it to the sub-committee which after studying it will submit its final report to the biotech regulator, GEAC.