The safety review put out in the public domain has stoked skepticism in some quarters. Scientists want the government to publish the primary data and not just a review document.
The petitioner submitted that the ministries of environment and science have openly pushed GM mustard and that they shouldn’t be allowed to regulate GMOs.
The detailed proceedings of the January meeting, where the commercial cultivation of GM mustard was discussed, have been denied in response to an RTI request.
The planting season for mustard ends in the third week of November. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana account for nearly 70% of India’s production of the crop.