Ex-Cabinet secretary Subramanian 'regrets' introducing GM cotton in India

TSR Subramanian, a 1961 batch IAS officer, further said that most European countries and Japan don't allow GM crops.

Published: 21st July 2017 10:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 07:51 AM   |  A+A-

A farmer harvests cotton in his field at Rangpurda village in Gujarat, India, October 20, 2015. | Reuters

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Former Cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian today said that he regrets having allowed Genetically Modified (GM) cotton in the country over two decades ago.

"In 1990s, I introduced GM cotton in India. Twenty years later, I regret...I am responsible for suicide of thousands of cotton farmers," Subramanian said at an panel discussion at a book launch function.

Subramanian, a 1961 batch IAS officer, further said that most European countries and Japan don't allow GM crops.

Talking about the performance of the Narendra Modi government, Subramanian said, "This government has done wonderful work in three years. I believe that the present dispensation should get 10 years."

"Failures of India can largely attributed to IAS class...Blame also should go to economists of India who studied in Harvard, Oxford University and now working for the Government of India but don't know anything about India," he said.

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