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Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave no more

Environment Minister Anil Dave passed away this morning.

By Team ABLE

Union Environment Minister Mr Anil Madhav Dave passed way this morning at AIIMS New Delhi. Mr  Dave complained of uneasiness at his home  and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, according to official sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, \"Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences. I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss,\" he added.

\"Shocked by sudden demise of Union Environment Minister Shri Anil Dave; deepest condolences to his family & well wishers. His valuable contributions to the cause of environmental   protection shall  always be remembered,\" tweeted President Pranab Mukherjee.

Mr. Dave was appointed as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change last year. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

He is well-known for his work on river Narmada through an organization ‘Narmada Samagra’ founded by him, which works on conservation of Narmada and its catchment area through various activities and events.

The whole world was looking up to Mr Anil Dave’s decision on GM food crops in India. The 133rd meeting of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) convened on May 11, 2017 had approved commercial cultivation of GM Mustard. GEAC is under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), which is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India\'s environmental and forestry policies and programs. The Ministry was to take a final call on this.

The GEAC had approved the GM Mustard application of the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), Delhi University South Campus. It had submitted an application to the GEAC for the environmental release of GM mustard (Brassica juncea) hybrid DMH-11 and the use of parental events (Varuna bn 3.6 and EH2 mod bs 2.99) for the development of a new generation of hybrids.

MoEFCC had received over 700 comments from various stakeholders, including farmers and researchers, on the Assessment of Food and Environmental Safety (AFES) report on GM Mustard, which it had earlier posted on the ministry website.