Resolutions

BIOTECHNOLOGY-REGULATORY-AUTHORITY-OF-INDIA-BILL

BHARATHEEYA ABHIBHASHAKA PARISHAD, KERALA

7th STATE CONFERENCE        2010 APRIL 10-11

Nanaji Nagar, Thiruvanathapuram

RESOLUTION

Govt of India is making legiaslations against the interest of the public at large at the instance of WTO and MNCs.Attempts are being made to surrender the interests of Agriculturists and farmers before the Agri-MNCs. The State Conference of the Bharatheeya Abhibhashaka Parishad call upon the Govt of Indiato desist from making legislations which tends to surrender the financial sovereignty of the Nation.

Earlier, the Parliament had before it the controversial Seed Bill, 2005 which made cultivation and exchange of patented seeds penal offences chargeable against Indian farmers. Even a parallel policing system was contemplated under the Seed Bill, 2005 in order to protect the interests of the Agri-MNCs.

More recently, consequent to widespread protests from NGOs and general public, though the Govt of India has declined to allow cultivation of Bt. Brinjal in India for the time being, a law is on the anvil which contemplates imprisonment of citizens who question the reliability and  safety of the use   of Genetically Modified seeds. The proposed Section 63 of the BIO-TECHNOLOGY REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA BILL, 2009 provides that “Whoever, without any evidence or scientific record misleads the public about the safety of the organisms and products…shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that shall not be less than six months but which may extend to one year and with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees or with both.” The Bill also proposes to take the Bio-technology Regulatory Authority of India out of the RTI Act,2205.

We believe that the attempt of the Govt of India is to punish those citizens who speak against GM seeds and this move is to be objected and aborted at any cost. The BRAI Bill, 2009 is a draconian law, which is against the interest of the general public. We therefore demand the Government of India to withdraw the Bio-technology Authority of India Bill, 2009 forthwith.

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