Bt Brinjal decision will reflect general sentiment: Ramesh

The ministry will take a call tomorrow on commercialization of Bt Brinjal

PTI | February 9, 2010


File photo of Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh
File photo of Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh

Barely a day left for his ministry to take a final call on commercialisation of Bt Brinjal, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday that the decision would reflect "people's general sentiment".

"I have to be sensitive to the public opinion, be responsible to science. I have to look at the interest of consumers,producers and think of conservation of bio-diversity and yet think of the need to reduce the use of pesticides," Ramesh told reporters here.

"It is not easy to make a decision and I do not expect anybody to be happy with what I will decide," he said.

But it is a decision that will reflect the "general sentiment" of the people, the minister, who on February 6 concluded the nation-wide consultations on the genetically modified crop in Bangalore, said.

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