Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said the government has no role to play once GEAC has given its approval.
But the rules say final approval has to be given by the environment ministry, as its minister Jairam Ramesh pointed out in a letter to Pawar last week.
Jairam Ramesh is now holding public meetings on the issue in various cities of India. At meetings in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur and Ahmedabad, there was vociferous opposition to the introduction of Bt Brinjal in India.
Image: Greenpeace environmental activists hold a banner at a protest against Bt brinjal, or genetically modified eggplant crop in New Delhi on January 30, 2010. Farmers across the country are protesting the use of Bt brinjal, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary.