Deadlock in Par delaying seeds, pesticides bills: Pawar
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Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 20:51
New Delhi: Passage of bills to check spurious seeds and pesticides has been delayed and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is blaming the Opposition-engineered deadlock in Parliament for it.

"My friends at Parliament are busy with something else... and hence, we could not discuss the Seed Bill and the Pesticides Management Bill," he said prompting laughter from the audience at a conference on rural prosperity through agriculture at Vigyan Bhavan here today.

The proceedings of Parliament has been stalled for 16 straight working days, as the Opposition is unrelenting on its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into allocation of mobile phone 2G spectrum in 2008.

"I am not getting time to discuss (the bills). I hope the situation will change," Pawar said.

The Seeds Bill, 2004, seeks to regulate the quality of seeds and planting materials to ensure the availability of quality seeds to farmers, to protect their rights and curb the sale of spurious and poor quality seeds.

It also aims at increasing private participation in seed production, distribution and liberalising imports of seeds and planting materials.

The Pesticides Management Bill, 2008, seeks to improve the quality of pesticides available to farmers and introduce new, safe and efficacious pesticides.

It also stipulates more effective regulation of import, manufacture, export, sale, transport, distribution and use of pesticides, to prevent risk to human beings, animals or environment.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 20:51

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