ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority

Going by the text of the National Biotechnology Regulatory Bill 2008, the government of India and specifically, the department of biotechnology (DBT), have a clear disdain for the need to conserve biodiversity, or allow state governments to exercise their constitutional rights over their agriculture.

The government is planning to introduce in the next Parliament session a new biotech bill for scrapping existing regulatory systems and for creating a single window, fast track clearance system for research and commercial applications of modern biotechnology. While the idea of a “National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority” (NBRA) was mooted by the Swaminathan task force report, the task force did not ask for this authority to be set up under the DBT. Given that the DBT has a mandate to promote modern biotechnology, there is an inherent conflict of interest if the NBRA is under the DBT, especially given that this legislation is ostensibly for addressing conflicting interests, amongst other things.

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