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COMMISSION FOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AND ADJOINING AREAS BILL 2021 IN LOK SABHA

COMMISSION FOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AND ADJOINING AREAS BILL 2021 IN LOK SABHA

Context

Recently, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change introduced the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill 2021 was in the Lok Sabha.

About the Bill:

  • The bill aims at constituting a commission for better research, identification, coordination, and resolution of problems related to air quality in the NCR and adjoining areas (Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan).
  • The commission shall have a full-time chairperson having experience of not less than 15 years in the field of environment protection and pollution control or having administrative experience of not less than 25 years.
  • The chairperson or a member, other than an ex officio member, shall hold office for a term of 3 years from the date on which he enters upon his office or until he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
  • According to the new Bill, "the commission may impose and collect environmental compensation from farmers causing air pollution by stubble burning, at such rate and in such manner, as may be prescribed".
  • Once passed, the bill will replace an ordinance issued in the recent past.

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