The final report of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) set up by the Supreme Court in a Public Interest Litigation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has said that it will not be “advisable” to conduct more field trials till gaps in the regulatory system are addressed.
The Supreme Court commissioners have found a deep-rooted nexus among bureaucrats, politicians and private food contractors to siphon off funds meant for poor children and women under ICDS. Hence this report dated 29 Nov 2012 calls for setting up an independent Special Investigation Team to investigate corruption and quality in food procurement under the scheme.
This is an interim report of the Supreme Court technical expert committee dated 07.10.2012, in response to public interest litigation on GMOs. The committee has considered issues that relate to the conducting of field trials and food safety and exposure to the environment as raised in the PIL.
Supreme Court directed CBI to register a FIR against those involved in illegal extraction & transportation of 50.79 lakh metric tonnes of iron ore from Belekeri port in Karnataka between January 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. Read text of this order.