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ASHA Kisan Swaraj
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Loud demand from agri orgns for NBPGR Director Bansal to be removed

November 3, 2012

To:

 

Mr Sharad Pawar,

Minister for Agriculture,

Government of India.

 

Dear Shri Sharad Pawar,

Sub: Demanding removal of Dr K C Bansal from the post of NBPGR Director, apropos media reports on false patent claim by Dr Bansal, based on RTI responses

There have been several media reports, apart from internal correspondence within DARE about the infractions of Dr K C Bansal, appointed to head a prestigious and important institution in DARE in India, the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR). The latest is a report in Mail Today on October 29th 2012, titled “Top GM Researcher Falsified Patent Claim to Grab National Award” (available online at http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/genetically-modified-food-crops-researcher-kailash-c-bansal-grabbed-rafi-ahmed-kidwai-award-for-patent-claim/1/226654.html).

Based on previous RTI responses and its own investigations, the report clearly points out how Dr Bansal made a false claim about filing a patent application for insertion of a foreign gene in brinjal chloroplast and was given the prestigious Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award in July 2009 based on such fictitious claim. This is outright scientific fraud and if a senior technocrat can make such a false claim, how is the invaluable germplasm collection of this country being entrusted into his hands and leadership in NBPGR?

There are also reports about how the recruitment of Dr Bansal was done in violation of several guidelines that are in place for ASRB recruitments – this pertains to his Confidential Reports from 2004 to 2010 which were not handed over, despite these being essential for his promotion/selection to higher posts, in addition to questions on the selection panel apparently constituted twice over to ensure his selection.

What qualifies him to head an institution which is supposed to collect and protect germplasm wealth for the country?

There is also the unanswered letter from Dr P Anandakumar, (then superior officer of Dr Bansal and head of National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB)) on the fact that Dr Bansal did not hand over his research materials to NRCPB and the work on eight claimed GM events in tomato, mustard, wheat etc. This puts a big question mark on crores of rupees spent in the GM research work that he is supposed to have been involved in, and further puts a question mark on the ICAR transgenic research programme involving 20 institutes all over the country (with the budget exceeding 135 crore rupees).

We are attaching RTI replies as evidence to the allegations against Dr Bansal.

Just as the ICAR set up a 3-member committee headed by Prof Sopory for an independent investigation into the Bt Bikaneri Narma scandal (the report of which has not been made public yet, though submitted some time ago), why is a similar action not being taken in the case of these allegations? Why is the extra favour being bestowed on Dr Bansal, if not as a payback for his extra support to GM technology, and hobnobbing with MNCs and industry associations?

We demand an immediate removal of Dr Bansal from his post for the falsification of patent claim given that this is clearly unscientific and unethical. We also demand an independent investigation into all the other allegations against him urgently.

Sincerely,

 

 

Kavitha Kuruganti

Convenor (Mob. 09393001550)

 

ENDORSED BY:

  1. Afsar Jafri, Focus on the Global South, India
  2. AM Raja-President CIFA, Tamil Nadu Chapter
  3. Ananthasayanan, Safe Food Alliance, Chennai
  4. Anuj Grover, AID India volunteer
  5. Arun, President, Dharmapuri District.Organic Farmers’ Association
  6. Aruna Rodrigues, Sunray Harvesters
  7. Arunima Swain, ORRISSA
  8. B K U, Ekta, Punjab
  9. Babychan, (Thanal) Organic Bazaar
  10. Balaji Shankar, Tharchaarbu Iyakkam
  11. Bharat Mansata, EarthCare Books
  12. C. Rathinasamy, Thamilaga Vivasayegal Sangam
  13. C. Vayapuri, President, United Farmers Association of Tamil Nadu
  14. Channabasappa Kombli, Desi Krushikara Balaga,Haveri
  15. Cheran, President, Cauvery Delta Farmers Organisations Federation
  16. Chinnasamy, Thamilaga Vivasayegal Sangam
  17. D.V.Sreedhar, GoodNews India Foundation
  18. Dalit Adivasi Sanghatan, Bundelkhand
  19. Datta Patil, Hamara Beej Abhiyan
  20. David Amalanadane, concerned citizen
  21. Debjeet Sarangi, Living Farms
  22. Dr Amar Singh Azad, Kheti Virasat Mission
  23. Dr Debal Deb, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
  24. Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
  25. Dr Harpal Singh Sangwan, Agricos
  26. Dr Jeevanatham, President, Tamilnadu Green Movement
  27. Dr K Babu Rao, scientist
  28. Dr Krishnabir Chaudhary, President, Bharat Krishak Samaj
  29. Dr N.S.Palanisamy,President and Ex.MLA, Tamil Nadu Vivasayegal Sangam
  30. Dr Pushpa Bhargava, ANVESHNA
  31. Dr Rukmini Rao, Gramya Resource Centre for Women
  32. Dr G Shivaraman, Siddha doctor and environmentalist
  33. Dr Ponnammal Natarajan, Retd Dean, Anna University
  34. Dr Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
  35. Eashwar Chand Tripathi, Bhartiya Kisan Union, MP
  36. Gomathinayagam, President, Vivasaya Seva Sangam
  37. Guruswamy, Kollegala Organic Growers Association
  38. H R Prakash, ARTIC
  39. Harish Vasudevan, Jaiva Karshaka Samithy
  40. Jagannathan, Nalla keerai, Thiuvellore
  41. Jasveen Jairath, SOUL
  42. Jayakumar, Thanal
  43. Jayaraman, CREATE
  44. K P Ilias, One Earth One Life
  45. K.Jagadeesan, Advisor, Federation of Tamil Nadu Rice Mill Owners Association
  46. Kabir Arora, Indian Youth Climate Network
  47. Kannaiyan Subramaniam, South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements
  48. Kapil Shah, Jatan Trust
  49. Karpagam, organic farmer, Point Return, Maduranthagam
  50. Kiran Kumar Vissa, Rythu Swarajya Vedika
  51. Kongu Kolandaisamy, President, Horticultural Farmers’ Association
  52. Krishna Prasad, Sahaja Samrudha
  53. Kuppusamy, President, Organic Farmers Association, Salem Dist.
  54. L Prabakaran, Tamil Nadu Science Forum, Pudukottai Dist.
  55. Laxman Singh, Lok Jagriti Manch (Jhabua)
  56. Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group (ESG)
  57. Nagappa Nimbegondi, Millet Savers Association of Karnataka
  58. Nallasamy, President, Federation of Tamilnadu Farmers Association
  59. Naresh Sirohi, General Secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Morcha
  60. Nilesh Desai, Beej Swaraj Abhiyan
  61. Osai Managing Trustee, Coimbatore
  62. Pamayan, Thaalanmai Uzhavar Iyakam
  63. Pandurang Hegde, Chipko-Appiko Movement
  64. Pankaj Bhushan, Tara Foundation
  65. Ponnaiyan, President, Tamilnadu Tharsarbu Vivasayegal Sangam
  66. Rachna Arora Verma, Public Awareness on GM Foods
  67. Radha Gopalan, Rishi Valley
  68. Radhika Rammohan, Restore, Chennai
  69. Raghu Menon, concerned citizen
  70. Raja Chidambaram, Perambalur President of Thamilaga Vivasayegal Sangam
  71. Raja Dharmendar Gogu, Chetna Organic Farmers’ Association
  72. Rajesh Krishnan, Greenpeace India
  73. Rajkrishna Mukherjee, DRCSC
  74. Ramasubramanian, Samanvaya Consulting, Chennai
  75. Ramprasad S, Chetna Organic
  76. S Jeevan Kumar, Human Rights Forum
  77. S Narendran, concerned citizen
  78. Sadagopan, President, Tamilnadu Vivasayegal Valvurimai Sangam
  79. Sakthivel, SEWA President, Erode
  80. Samir Paleja, Senior Reporter (Mumbai)
  81. Sangeetha Sriram, Restore gardens, Chennai
  82. Saroj Mohanty, Paschim Odisha Krushak Sanghatan
  83. Selvam Ramaswamy, Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers’ Federation
  84. Shivaputra, Malnad Rice Growers Association
  85. Shivayogi Makeri, Desi Cotton Growers Association, Karnataka
  86. Sidharth Jaiswal, Go Green Herbs Pvt Ltd
  87. Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Coalition for a GM-Free India
  88. Sreedevi Lakshmi Kutty, Urban Leaves
  89. Suresh, PUCL
  90. Surya Kanchan, Thalaanmai
  91. Thirumalai, Nalla Sandhai, Thiruvellore
  92. Umendra Dutt, Kheti Virasat Mission
  93. Usha Jayakumar, Save Our Rice campaign
  94. V Suresh, PUCL Member, Tamil Nadu Coimbatore Unit
  95. Valukkuparai Balasubramanian, President, Thamilaga Vivasayegal Sangam
  96. Vijay Pratap, SADED
  97. Yudhvir Singh, Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements

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