Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi from Koliabor Lok Sabha constituency recently announced that he will introduce a private member’s bill proposing amendments in the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
The Congress leader while talking about the growing menace of air pollution in the country pointed out that precautionary measures are the need of the hour as it has become a public health emergency. The bill will be introduced during the winter session of the Parliament, which will commence from November 18th, 2019 and continue till December 13th, 2019.
“Can you imagine that in 2019, the primary law governing the working of our agencies is the air act, 1981? The Environment Protection Act, which is the mother parent act, is from the 80s. An act from the 80s will not suffice in 2019,” Gogoi said as quoted by Down To Earth.
Gogoi raised concerned about the pollution issue and added that the government including the political parties should realize the alarming levels of pollution in India and its hazards affecting the environment.
He added that one of the components of the bill will include giving more access to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) so that penalties may be enforced to the lawbreakers.
Stressing on the importance of transparency, the MP said that the CPCB should make an exercise of making an order of all the state Pollution Control Board(PCB)s based on their performance and also list of industries emitting smoke and causing substantial pollution.
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