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No policy decision yet on GM mustard seeds: Centre informs SC

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Central on Monday informed the Supreme that no policy decision has been taken yet on the commercial launch of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard seeds.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud considered the statement of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the Centre that the is considering various aspects of the matter and has invited suggestions on the commercial roll out of GM seeds.

Meanwhile, today's hearing on the plea seeking a stay on commercial release of Genetically Modified mustard seeds on apprehensions of effect on biodiversity was adjourned.

On October 17, 2016, the apex had extended the stay on the commercial release of GM mustard crop until further orders. The had restrained the commercial release of the crop for ten days.

The had then asked Centre to seek public opinion on such seeds before releasing it for cultivation purpose, even as the approval is awaited.

Mustard is one of India's most important winter crops which are sown between mid-October and late November.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 14:42 IST
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