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Govt ‘yet to decide’ on GM trials

New Delhi, July 29: Two RSS-linked outfits today met environment minister Prakash Javadekar and claimed the biotech regulator’s clearance for field trials of genetically-modified crops has been put on hold, but the government denied this.

Representatives of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh met Javadekar and sought a ban on the field trials.

“The minister assured the delegation that the decision about the field trials of GM crops has been put on hold by the government,” Manch leader Ashwani Mahajan said.

However, Javadekar said: “We are looking into the recommendations of a technical expert committee (set up by the Supreme Court). We have not, I emphasise, we have not taken a decision and neither have we called off the field trials. Personally, I am for field trials but I am meeting farmers and the other stakeholders, including the representatives of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch.

“We won’t be like Jairam Ramesh. Nothing will be rushed.” Ramesh, Javadekar’s UPA predecessor, had imposed a moratorium on GM brinjal cultivation after a government committee cleared it.