Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi on Monday protested outside the Parliament wearing mask over air pollution in Delhi.It may be mentioned that Gigoi proposed to introduce a private member’s bill proposing amendments in the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. He asked to introduce the bill during the winter session of the Parliament which started on Monday. The Congress MP asked, “Can you imagine that in 2019, the primary law governing the working of our agencies is the air act, 1981?” According to a report, Gogoi said that the Environment Protection Act, which is the mother parent act, is from the 80s. An act from the 80s will not suffice in 2019, said Gogoi. Gogoi further stated that the act needs to be upgraded for which it needs to be introduced and therefore, he is pushing forward the government to realize that they need to upgrade or amend the Act. He also said that his first aim is to highlight that air pollution is a health issue adding that nowhere in the Act is it mentioned that it is a health issue. So he will put it right there in the new act. The Congress MP further reiterated that the main component of the bill is to give more control to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as it should be given a legal mandate to enforce penalties and take strict action against polluters. He said that the CPCB, does not have the power to enforce a penalty and it can enforce penalty only as of now adding that the premier body that looks after issues of air pollution is a diluted agency.
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