Q. Which of the following statements is NOT correct about the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)?

[A] It functions under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

[B] It is responsible for appraisal of activities involving large scale use of hazardous microorganisms and recombinants in research and industrial production from the environmental angle.

[C] The committee is also responsible for appraisal of proposals relating to the release of genetically engineered (GE) organisms and products into the environment including experimental field trials.

[D] It has 12 members and meets every month to review the applications.

Answer: D
Notes:

Explanation: The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) functions in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

  • As per Rules, 1989, it is responsible for appraisal of activities involving large scale use of hazardous microorganisms and recombinants in research and industrial production from the environmental angle.
  • The committee is also responsible for appraisal of proposals relating to the release of genetically engineered (GE) organisms and products into the environment including experimental field trials.
  • GEAC is chaired by the Special Secretary/Additional Secretary of MoEF&CC and co-chaired by a representative from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
  • Presently, it has 24 members and meets every month to review the applications in the areas indicated above.

Source: http://geacindia.gov.in/about-geac-india.aspx

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