New Delhi: In its reply to the Supreme Court of India on the matter of genetically modified mustard, the union government has said that it will take another one and a half month to arrive at a decision. It told the highest court that it will convey its final position on whether to allow the commercial rollout of GM mustard crop or not after completing the final assessment until mid-September.
It is important to note that the SC had granted time to the union government to apprise it as to by when it will take a “well-informed and well-intentioned” policy decision on the rollout. The apex court had on October 17, 2016, extended the stay on the commercial release of GM mustard crop until further orders. It had also told the union environment ministry to seek public opinion on such seeds before releasing it for cultivation purpose.
The union government is now expected to clear its position on allowing or rejecting the commercial cultivation of GM mustard in the Supreme Court around mid-September.