'Punish developed countries violating WTO treaty'

VELLORE DEC. 4. All developing countries should evolve a common stand to take on the developed countries which blatantly violated the provisions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treaty, Sompal, Member, Planning Commission and 12th Finance Commission, said here today.

Speaking at the special convocation of the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Deemed University to confer an honorary doctorate on the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, he said the historical evidence under the intellectual property rights regime revealed that a lot of germ plasm material, plundered by the developed countries from the developing nations, enabled them to evolve genetically modified and high-yielding varieties of foodgrains and cattle. Under the new patent regime, the developed countries claimed large amounts of royalty from the developing ones.

He said punishment should be meted out to those who failed to declare the source of the genetic materials patented by them. They should also be held responsible for the litigation inflicted by them on the developing countries when the latter fought against the patent laws. He had expected market access to agricultural and dairy products of the developing countries after the Marrakkesh General Agreement on Trades and Tariffs (GATT) treaty. "But this has not happened".

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