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Government to take final decision on GM Mustard in 45 days

During the hearing of a plea that challenges the introduction of GM (Genetically Modified) mustard, the center told the Supreme Court that it will take a final decision on whether or not to allow GM mustard in the next one and a half months. The plea has not yet been accepted since the government is yet to decide whether or not to allow GM Mustard in India. If the government decides in favor of GM mustard, then only the Supreme Court would entertain the plea. The case was heard today by a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud. The Supreme Court bench told the center that if the government decides to allow GM mustard cultivation in India, then it will hear the plea that has challenged the commercial release of GM mustard in India.

The bench told the center that the rollout of GM mustard should be done only after the matter has been heard by the Supreme Court. The sowing season for mustard usually beings in October, so the bench expects to hear the center’s response by mid-September. The petition challenging GM mustard says that field trials are already being conducted and that no safety information has been provided by the government. The petition says that trials are being conducted without first conducting relevant tests, which can harm native plants and the environment as well.

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