The proposal to repeal archaic laws on tea, coffee, spices and rubber and introduce new legislation is designed to facilitate business and help smallholder farmers, said Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. The Department of Commerce held consultations with stakeholders on the drafts of Spices (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Coffee (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Tea (promotion and development) Bill, 2022 to allay their concerns.
The Department of Commerce has said it is proposing to repeal the Tea Act of 1953; Spice Board Act, 1986; Rubber Act 1947; and Coffee Act 1942.” These are very old laws and the idea is just to simplify them, make doing business easier, make sure that the little people in the different areas like coffee growing, tea growing don’t suffer from high levels of compliance burden,” Goyal said. to PTI. He answered a question about the purpose behind the introduction of new legislation. When asked whether opposition is on the move, he said there is consensus among concerned stakeholders.
“Our stakeholder consultations have gone very well and we have been able to satisfy the various stakeholders involved,” he added. †
According to the draft laws, posted on the website of the Ministry of Commerce, the new legislations are proposed to reflect the current reality and objectives.
According to the draft, the main reason for the proposal to repeal the Tea Act is that there has been a paradigm shift in the way tea is grown, marketed and consumed over the past decade, and that this is a change in the existing law is necessary. The Spices Board must also be enabled to give focused attention to the entire spice supply chain.
The rationale behind the proposal to repeal the Rubber Act, the draft bill explains that there have been widespread changes in the industrial and economic scenario in recent years, especially with regard to the development in the rubber sector and related sectors.
The Draft Bill on Coffee (Promotion and Development) 2022 underlines that a substantial part of the existing law dealing with pooling and marketing of coffee is redundant/no longer working.