India’s biotech authority bill sent for review
The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill has been sent to a Parliamentary select committee for review. It was tabled in the Lok Sabha (lower house) of Parliament in April (Agrow No 663, p 24). The Bill has been a controversial topic and was to be tabled in Parliament last year but was withdrawn by the then Science and Technology Minister at the last minute (Agrow No 648, p 19). The founding of the BRAI was proposed by an Agriculture Ministry task force in 2004 (Agrow No 451, p 20). The proposed Authority is envisaged to act as a single-window clearance for field trial approvals for genetically modified crops.