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The Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has constituted a Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee (FISEC) to investigate the matter of illegal cultivation of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) or BG-III cotton. The cultivation of BG-III or HT cotton has not been approved by country’s biotech regulator, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) of Ministry of Environment, Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament today.
There were several media reports and complaints regarding the illegal or unauthorised cultivation of HT cotton in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the Minister said in the Parliament.
He said that it had received several representations for ban of illegal cultivation of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) or BG-III cotton in the country.