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Many of the followers of Spicy IP will probably be familiar with the organization Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA). The activities of PPV&FRA have been reported beforehand here and here, including an interview with the erstwhile Chairperson of the organization, Dr. S. Nagarajan. During Dr. Nagarajan’s tenure, PPV&FRA has been considerably active and successful in promoting the Plant Variety Protection regime in India, by way of hosting several National Consultative Seminars, advocacy programs, workshops, review meetings etc.
Recently, following an invitation seeking applications for the post of Chairperson, Government of India has appointed Dr. P.L. Gautam, erstwhile Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority under Ministry of Environment and Forests, in that capacity, as has been reported here. Dr. Gautam has also in the past served as the Deputy Director General of Crop Science Division of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, as the Vice- Chancellor, GBPU&AT, Pantnagar and as the Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources.
While any official notice in the Plant Variety Journal is yet to be issued confirming the appointment, the website of PPV&FRA has already been updated with Dr. Gautam’s name as the new chairperson, while the National Biodiversity Authority has issued notification to fill the vacant post left by his departure.
One hopes that just like his predecessor, Dr. Gautam, an eminent scientist, will be able to cement the reputation of PPV&FRA as an efficient regulatory body overseeing the Plant Variety Protection regime in India and promote transparency and the growth of the seed industry too.
The Spicy IP team thanks Mr. Onkar Singh, the contributor of the blog Gen -X Ideas on IP, for bringing the news of this appointment to our notice.