The GM Crops Logjam: Now all the eyes are set on April 14 when the courts hears the case and then on April 25th when the GEAC meets again.
Finally, the much awaited meeting of GEAC took place on March 21, 2014. The 118th meeting of the commitee has happened after an year due to the non seriousness shown by the previous minister on the issue (It met in March last year). It is being said that the pressure of Mr Veerapa Moily who took over as the environment minister few months back, has made it happen despite the opposition from activists.
The commitee during the lastest meeting under the chairmanship of Mr Hem Pande, secretary, environment ministry has cleared 11 cases which were pending for revalidation including the varities of the GM wheat, rice, maize and cotton. These crops had been approved for confined trails few years back but were held back because the companies could not get approval from the respective state governments.
However, the multi-national ompanies like Monsanto, Mahyco and BASF whose applications got revalidation, will be able to go for field trials only after getting the state's mandatory nod.
The unofficial reports suggest that the GEAC is all set to meet again on April 25, 2014 to take up the other 70 cases for the clearances. The commitee is yet to put up any official communication in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Association of Biotechnology led Enterpises (ABLE-AG) has welcomed the decision.