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Dhankar flays nod for field trials of GM seeds

punjab Updated: Mar 05, 2014 20:20 IST
HT Correspondent

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kisan Morcha president Om Prakash Dhankar on Wednesday flayed the Centre's nod to carry out the field trials of the genetically modified (GM) seeds.

Interacting with newspersons here, Dhankar said that the approval to the field trials of more than 200 GM seeds by the environment minister Veerappa Moily smacked of vested and mean interests of the Congress-led UPA government.

He alleged that the decision seemed to have been taken hurriedly without any research conducted or without drawing any inferences and that it showed the Centre wanted to favour multi-national seed companies and grind its own axe.

"The matter is pending in the Supreme Court and five of six members of the expert committee have disapproved it. Next month government is to submit an affidavit on issue in the court, but even before that Moily had given this decision," he said.

He further held that the government had not been able to pass Biotechnology Authority Bill despite repeated attempts.

He further said that he would be meeting senior party leader Mulri Manohar Joshi with members of all farmers' organisations on March 9 at Delhi on the issue.

Mum on Jat quota
When asked for his comment on Cabinet's nod to reservation in Central jobs for Jats, Dhankar who himself belongs to the community, held that he was skeptical about the result of the nod. "I will comment when it would be actualised," he said.