Govt to file affidavit in SC seeking field trials of GM crops

Written by Press Trust of India | Updated: Feb 27 2014, 09:36am hrs
The Government will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court pleading that field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops be allowed, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday. The minister assured that the government will take all safety precautions for conducting field trials of GM crops.

Hearing a petition against

GM crops, the Supreme Court had set up a technical expert committee (TEC), which suggested an indefinite moratorium on such trials unless shortcomings in the regulatory process were plugged. But one member gave a dissenting note opposing the moratorium.

Subsequently, the apex court had asked the government to submit their stand on this issue. "The matter is before the Supreme Court. We will have hearing sometime in the next month. We have to send a joint affidavit by Environment and Agriculture Ministries giving our views," Pawar said, replying to a query on plans for field trials.