BJP leader asks PM not to introduce BRAI Bill
Patna, 8/11/11: Bihar BJP president C P Thakur has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to go ahead with the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill in its present form in the winter session of Parliament.
“This bill has major problems that require your immediate attention…It prima facie appears to be unconstitutional and I have strong objections to it because it will infringe on the authority of the state on matters related to agriculture and health, which are primarily state subjects,” Thakur said in a letter to Singh.
“This bill will impact human health and environment, bio-diversity and agrarian livelihood. Therefore, it is important that the bill and the regulatory body should be under the Ministry of Environment and Forests or Health instead of Science and Technology,” he pointed.
He also appealed to the Prime Minister to not introduce the proposed bill in its present form.