Parliament on Thursday gave its nod to a invoice that seeks to arrange a fee for air high quality administration within the National Capital Region and its adjoining areas. After being handed within the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021, noticed the sunshine of the day in Rajya Sabha with a voice vote.
“We will be accountable to Parliament through this bill (on the issue of air pollution). It is the responsibility of central government to deal with air pollution. We have made efforts to decriminalise Section 14 (which provides penalty for causing pollution) and it shall not apply to farmers burning stubble,” Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav mentioned whereas replying on the invoice.
On the protests by members of the opposition, Yadav mentioned,”The bill was on air pollution, but there was noise pollution in the House.”
The House additionally negated a decision: “That this House disapproves the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2021 (No.4 of 2021) promulgated by the President of India on 13th April, 2021.”
Following passage in Rajya Sabha, the invoice will change the ordinance.
The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 was launched final week in Lok Sabha.
The invoice was moved for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha by Yadav amid protests by opposition members over the Pegasus and farm regulation points.
The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the invoice, piloted by Yadav, states that it was observed there may be lack of a everlasting, devoted and participative mechanism adopting a collaborative and participatory method involving related central ministries, state governments, native our bodies and different stakeholders to sort out air air pollution within the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas.
“It is observed that sources of air pollution, particularly in the National Capital Region, consist of a variety of factors which are beyond the local limits of the National Capital Region. Special focus is required on all sources of air pollution which are associated with different economic sectors, including power, agriculture, transport, industry, residential and construction,” it learn.
Since air air pollution will not be a localised phenomenon, the impact is felt in areas even far-off from the supply, creating the necessity for regional-level initiatives by means of inter-state and inter-city coordination along with multi-sectorial synchronisation, the assertion of objects mentioned.
For a everlasting answer and to ascertain a self-regulated, democratically-monitored mechanism for tackling air air pollution in NCR, it was deemed essential to take up quick legislative measures to arrange a fee for air high quality administration in NCR and adjoining areas, it famous.
This will change previous panels to streamline public participation, inter-state cooperation, professional involvement and chronic analysis and innovation, the assertion of objects famous.
As Parliament was not in session and there was an instantaneous want for laws on this regard, the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020, was promulgated on October 28, 2020.
But a invoice to switch the ordinance couldn’t be launched in Parliament.
Consequently, the ordinance lapsed on March 12, 2021.
Thereafter, the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2021 was promulgated on April 13, 2021.
Earlier, the House additionally handed a movement to concur Lok Sabha suggestion to nominate 4 members to the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.
(With PTI inputs)