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Seed Bill concerns: Pls circulate as it would be tabled on 3rd August 2011 in Rajyasabha

Friends Indian Government planned to introduce the Seed Bill in 2004 with controversial clauses including farmers not allowed to save/reuse seeds.  The bill faced with severe opposition from the farmers, farmers unions, civil society and political parties and was refered to Parliamentary Standing Committee.  in 2009 a revised version of the bill allowing farmers to save and reuse seed but prevent from selling seeds (particularly branded ones).  In the mean time, the Bt cotton experience showed that the IPRs on seed production technologies would be a serious issue as the royalties collected were huge.  For example, the Monsanto Mahyco Biotech (MMB) collected 50 lakhs as one time payment and Rs. […]

A letter to Manmohan Singh from a group of researchers and students highlights the importance of ‘near-universal PDS’.

Dr. Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India Respected Prime Minister, We are a group of research scholars and student volunteers who have just spent three weeks surveying the Public Distribution System (PDS) around the country. We are writing to share a few thoughts on the National Food Security Act in the light of this experience. Our survey covered more than 100 randomly-selected villages spread over nine states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh). We inspected the local Fair Price Shops and interviewed more than a thousand “BPL” households. Oblivious of the heat or rain, we reached the country’s remotest nooks and crannies […]

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