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Union cabinet clears bill to regulate pesticides

Date: 13 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Union Cabinet has approved the Pesticides Management Bill, 2020, which, the government claims, will regulate the business of pesticides and compensate farmers in case of losses from the use of spurious agro chemicals.

 

Background

The ministers said that Pesticides Management Bill will be introduced in this session. Today the pesticide business is regulated by 1968 rules which have become age-old and need immediate rewriting.

 

Details

  • The farmers would also be empowered to get all information as the data would be in open source and in all languages. They will know about the strength and weakness of pesticides, the risk and alternatives and this will be an open data in digital format also.

  • In February 2018, the Centre released a draft of the pesticides Bill that aims to replace the existing Insecticides Act of 1968.

  • A key proposal in the 2018 version of the Bill was to raise penalties on the sale of prohibited or spurious pesticides to ?50 lakh and up to five years’ imprisonment, from the current ?2,000 and up to three years imprisonment.

  • If there is any loss because of the spurious or low quality of pesticides then there is a provision for compensations This is the unique feature of this Bill. 

  • The existing draft provides inadequate representation to States in both pesticide board and the registration committee.

  • The States should have a say in final decision making on pesticide, as they have the best understanding on the agro-ecological climate, environment and soil conditions.

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