Maharashtra Government on 31 January 2015 granted No Objection Certificates (NOC) for open field trials of genetically modified (GM) lines of rice, chana (chickpeas), maize, brinjal and cotton.
With this permission, Maharashtra became the fourth state after Punjab, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh to approve open field trials in GM crops.
The decision to grant the no-objection certificates to the GM crops was given on the basis of the recommendations of a state-level committee, headed by Anil Kakodkar, the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. The committee submitted its recommendations after considering individual crop applications.
When: 31 January 2015