Creating an Undemocratic and Unaccountable Biotechnology Regulator

29 November 2011

ESG Release

Creating an Undemocratic and Unaccountable Biotechnology Regulator

A critique of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2011

Biotechnology is a cross cutting issue that affects food production, farming, health, environment and information technology sectors. It is to be expected then that formulation of any law governing this high risk technology would be deeply democratic and transparent exercise. Particularly because the Constitution of India guarantees that States and Local Governments are principal levels for engaging with debates and decisions when it matters to peoples access to food, health, a clean environment and livelihoods in general. The role of the Centre is supportive, at best. International law also strongly supports this process of bottom up decision making involving the people meaningfully.

The Indian Government, however, seems to now believe that biotechnology as a sector must be under the “control” of the Union Government. Accordingly, it has proposed the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011, to establish a Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) and Biotechnology Regulatory Appellate Authority (BRAT) and a host of other regulatory and appeal agencies. There has been no discussion whatsoever during the formulation of this Bill with Local and State Governments, and it would not be wrong to say that the process by which this legislative proposal has been formulated is absolutely opaque.

The Bill is now set for debate and discussion in the winter session of the Parliament. It is to be seen if this would be possible as the House has been rocked by protests from Opposition and allies of the ruling UPA coalition against the Union Government’s decision to allow FDI in single brand retail, amongst other issues. The opportunity now exists to subject BRAI Bill, 2011 to a thorough review at all levels.

To assist in this process, Environment Support Group, a not for profit public interest research, training, campaign and advocacy initiative responsing to various environmental and social justice concerns, has prepared a critique of the Bill entitled: “Creating an Undemocratic and Unaccountable Biotechnology Regulator: A critique of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2011, with particular emphasis on environmental laws”. The same is attached.

We do hope that our contribution helps in deeply democratising the debate and discussion on this legislative proposal, especially considering the massive impact it has on food security, health, environment and governance, and the livelihoods of millions.

Leo F. Saldanha Bhargavi S. Rao

Environment Support Group

Leo Saldanha
[Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives]
Environment Support Group – Trust
1572, 36th Cross, Ring Road
Banashankari II Stage
Bangalore 560070. INDIA



source: mailed by Suresh Bhat
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Dear all
A Katkari adivasi, Jhipru Mukane, 35, of Shere village in Thane district’s Shahpur taluka, 100 km from Mumbai, died on 22nd November after being kept chained and tortured into working as a bonded labourer.His widow Jayabai, 30, who was denied even his body for last rites, has alleged police complicity and apathy in her complaint to Thane rural SP Ramesh Kumar More.
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Media academy awards : Shame Shame

Media academy awards : Shame Shame

source: mailed by Dayanand

Shame to Journalist and Journalism
The Karnataka academy media awards has bought a black mark on the ethos of journalism.

Few of tainted people are given awards under RSS, Religious Matha & Politicial influence.

a) Arakera Jayaram was awarded for been a staunch RSS man, his name was recomended by Super CM No.2  Mr.Santoshji

b) S.Shantaram, who was exposed very recently for fakely acquiring KHB land from B.S.yeddyurappa by falsely claiming that he has no property.    Shantaram not only procured one site, but he also made two other relatives who are no journalists  receive  KHB  sites. One is Arunachala Sharma, who is working as a Branch manager of Corporation Bank, Madikeri & Mr. Dayanand, who is working as PR in ISKCON Temple Bangalore. His other relative Mr. Ravindra Bhat Hinike, is a journalist in Prajavani and also a beneficiary of Media academy award as well as KHB Site.

c) Awards to KV Prabhakar & Shivraju were recommended by R.Ashok, minister. Both this journalists are close associates of R.Ashok.

d) Few Awards were sugested by the Siddaganga math who informed thru R.P.Jagadisha & D.P.Parameshwar to give to particular people.  7 names were suggested by the math, which was sent by R.P.jagadisha & D.P.Parameshwar

Real Journalists are sidelined and fake, corrupt journalists are flourishing