NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) has strongly encouraged the use of Genetically Modified (GM) seed varieties on a larger scale to strengthen the agriculture growth in our country. The declaration came even though RSS’s economic arm – Swadeshi Jagran Manch, repeatedly questioning the authority’s role and their two-year contribution of NITI Aayog and raised significant questions about the research institutes supporting the use of GM seeds.
The research policies and institutes initiated by the government are seen arguing that the green revolution was mainly a success due to high-yielding crops. They said that it is time to invest more and use more resources for the research to improve the seed varieties, including the genetically modified ones.
In an evaluation document of 12th Five Year Plan, NITI Aayog mentioned that in different places in the world, particularly the United States, genetically-modified seeds have been in use for almost two decades now, and no harmful effects on any of the crops or those consuming the products of those seeds have come forward. So, it is without any doubt usable. They also said that China has been practicing the usage of GM seeds for a long time, and our BT cotton is a perfect example of its success.
Aayog also outlined certain policy reforms to improve agriculture to a more refined stage and reach the higher level. This includes a proper shift towards the range of high-yield commodities such as- fisheries, livestock, horticulture, making the land-leasing laws simpler and completely correcting the policies of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs).
The analysis for the 12th plan period (2012-17) is of no use for the current economy as the government has decided to come up with new fifteen-year vision documentation and a 3-year action plan that is being under development by NITI Aayog.
In the coming 2 months, NITI Aayog will launch the three-year action plan to accelerate the economic growth of the country and make it more general by focusing on the prime factors such as that of the health sector. This plan will also consider all the impacts under demonetization on the Indian economy. This action plan will also have the ability to forecast the revenue estimations and can suggest expenses and outlay a model for the larger development sectors.