Last Updated: Feb 08, 2024
Lok Sabha has taken up the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill, 2024 for consideration and passing. The Bill seeks to amend the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The Act establishes the central and state pollution control boards to prevent and control water pollution. The Bill decriminalises several violations and imposes penalties. It will initially apply to Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and the Union Territories. Under the Act, the chairman of a State Pollution Control Board is nominated by the State government. According to the provision of the Bill, the Central Government will prescribe the manner of nomination and the terms and conditions of service of the chairman. The Bill imposes a penalty between ten thousand rupees to 15 lakh rupees for violation of provisions related to the discharge of polluting matter in water bodies.
Moving the Bill, Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav said, the changes have been brought to give a push to industrial development and ensure environmental protection.