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From: “GM Free India” <indiagmfree@gmail.com>
Date: 01-Feb-2016 4:42 pm
Subject: Urgent – Stop GM Mustard Application process – Give Coalition for GM-Free India a hearing
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Cc: “Pushpa Mittra Bhargava” <bhargava.pm@gmail.com>

Coalition for a GM-Free India

Sub: GEAC : Request not to proceed with GM mustard commercialisation application processing – Request to allow hearing of the Coalition – reg.

Dear Mr Hem Pande and Members of the GEAC:
We got to know from the newspapers today that GEAC is scheduled to meet on the 5th of February in a meeting where the final call on GM mustard commercialisation will be made. (http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-decide-on-commercial-planting-of-gm-mustard-this-week-116013100426_1.html)
We want to point out that not only is the GEAC violating Supreme Court and Central Information Commission Orders in this secretive and hurried processes that you are running, you are going against your own established norms. In the case of Bt brinjal, you had invited public feedback even before moving to the BRLII or LST stage. You obtained public feedback in the next stage too which the Expert Committee II had to look into, including analyses by different independent scientists. This is apart from the next round of feedback after the regulatory green signal was given, when the then Minister for Environment & Forests sought the same.

However, such processes are being given a complete short shrift now, despite major lacunae in your regulation pointed out and proven time and again. These secretive processes, which are keeping out public scrutiny and public views on a very important matters that pertains to citizens is not acceptable. As a citizens’ alliance that represents hundreds of civil society groups across India, we would like the following

a) We request the GEAC to halt its processes immediately, and first put out the biosafety data of GM mustard in the public domain, and allow for a public scrutiny. As you can appreciate, citizens are not ready to depend on a small set of regulators, some of whom bring highly objectionable conflict of interest to the table, and in a regulatory body that does not have any representation from the Health Ministry. We request that the routine processing of this GM mustard commercialisation application be halted immediately and the entire biosafety data shared in the public domain.

b) We request that a delegation of representatives from this Coalition be allowed to make a presentation about our objections and concerns to the full committee of the GEAC, and we seek time for the same at the earliest.

We sincerely hope that you would give due respect to this request and we are hoping to positively hear from you.

Thanking you

Yours truly

Sridhar Radhakrishnan


( Ph : 09995358205)

Coalition for a GM-free India 

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