State governments have not been in favour of GM mustard approval in India. In fact, most have not even allowed field trials.

Some have formally written to the Union Government. Some state governments have issued statements to media and others, as and when an opportunity arose.

The Centre, despite its talk about ‘federal polity’, had been ignoring the opposition from state governments on this matter.

Here, we bring share some letters, videos and media reports on this subject.

BIHAR

  1. Shri Nitish Kumar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar writes to (then) Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, 18/01/2016
  2. Shri Nitish Kumar follows up with a letter to the Prime Minister on 6/10/2016, after GEAC’s sub-committee’s green signal
  3. Shri Nitish Kumar sends a letter to Late Shri Anil Madhav Dave, MoEFCC on 16/05/2016, after regulatory clearance by GEAC to GM mustard
  4. Shri Nitish Kumar’s speech on GM mustard in a JD(U) meeting

KERALA

  1. Kerala Agriculture Minister writes to Union Agriculture Minister, 28/09/2016
  2. Kerala Legislative Assembly passes a unanimous resolution against GM mustard, first time in the history of any state assembly, 18/05/2017

TAMIL NADU

  1. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Memorandum to the Prime Minister, 19/12/2016 : Page 1 and Page 2
  2. TN Agri Minister’s statement quoted in media reports

DELHI

  1. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister’s letter to Prime Minister, 02/02/2016

ANDHRA PRADESH

  1. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister writes to Union Agriculture Minister and Union Environment Minister on August 10th 2017: Page 1 and Page 2

RAJASTHAN

  1. Rajasthan Agriculture Minister stating that Rajasthan will not allow any field trials of GM mustard/crops, 29/02/2016; CM “shuts door on GM seeds”

ODISHA

  1. Odisha Agriculture Minister, Dr Damodar Raut, points to dangers of GM mustard in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voE0cjYmkGs
    From 00:56 seconds to 01:12 minutes in this video, he says: “The adverse effect of GM Mustard goes beyond agriculture and directly affects people’s health as well. Who will be responsible for the health effects it will have? We will experiment with local varieties of seeds in an organic way to improve the yield.”

MADHYA PRADESH

  1. Madhya Pradesh government rejects GM mustard (media byte by topmost bureaucrat in Agriculture, May 15th 2017)

WEST BENGAL

  1. Media report (May 2017) on WB Agri Minister writing to the Centre against GM mustard environmental release
  2. West Bengal government says NO to GM mustard cultivation

KARNATAKA

  1. Karnataka Chief Minister promises to write to the Centre against GM mustard commercialisation

HARYANA

  1. Haryana government will not allow GM crop testing in the state” (though this report does not refer to GM mustard or commercialisation of GM crops, it was a development around the same time as Punjab government’s announcement on GM mustard)