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.