Telangana to take stringent action on fake seed manufacturers and dealers

By Times Of India on 11 Dec 2017 | read
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HYDERABAD: Acting on the report in TOI on unauthorized genetically engineered cotton seeds entering Telangana, the state government has asked all district officials to take stringent action on the dealers and manufacturers who are involved in the dangerous trade under the new law.

Highlighting the changes made in ordinance 3 which was issued in June 2017, the agriculture department has directed officials to punish the offenders under the new legislation. The ordinance is primarily aimed at taking action on the erring dealers under the Prevention of Detention (PD) Act. "The central biodiversity authority has taken note of the issue and alerted other states also. The ministry of environment has complimented the state government for taking the initiative to control spurious and unapproved seeds in the market," Telangana agriculture principal secretary C Parthasarathi told TOI.

Detailing about spurious seed, insecticide and fertilizer offenders, the principal secretary of agriculture department has written a letter to the civil supplies, marketing, horticulture, agriculture and police departments. The letter detailed the changes made in the existing law through the ordinance. Enclosing a copy of the extraordinary gazette notification issued by the governor, the principal secretary has directed the officials to take action based on the central acts and the PD act.

According to the ordinance, " a spurious seed offender means any person who is punishable under the Seeds Act 1966 and/or under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860". It also said that "insecticide offender means any person who is punishable under the Insecticide Act, 1968 and or under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860" and a fertilizer offender means any person who has violated the provisions of Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985 and or Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and or punishable under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860". Earlier, the dealers used to get away by paying fines as meager as ₹50. But with the change in the existing law, the extension officers in the district could file cases under central, state acts and also arrest them under the PD act.