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Reprovals and Realities

Repealment of the Rubber Act, 1947 and the Enactment of the Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022

The Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022 proposed to replace the Rubber Act, 1947 is vehemently criticised by the politicians and farmer forums from Kerala. There are several aspects to be relooked at and modified in the bill, though most of the criticisms are unfounded.



The repeal of the Rubber Act, 1947 (hereafter the act) and the enactment of Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022 (hereafter the bill) have been under heated discussion ever since the bill was uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) for comments and it is expected to be introduced in Parliament forthwith. Political leaders from Kerala and the forums representing rubber growers have been critical of the bill; the main accusation is that it is detrimental to the interests of smallholders who account for more than 90% of the natural rubber production and planted area. There are also allegations that the bill severely dil­utes the autonomy of the Rubber Board (hereafter the board); transfers powers from the board to the central government; empowers the central government to unduly influence the rubber prices; allows unrestricted import of natural rubber; and generally, favours the rubber product manufacturers over growers. Most of the criticisms levelled against the bill are unfounded, how­ever, there are certain grounds for concern as well.

Legislations in Rubber Sector

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Updated On : 9th May, 2022
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