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Save Entrepreneurs from Harassment

UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | WILDLIFE AMENDMENTS TO ‘SAVE ENTREPRENEURS FROM HARASSMENT | 29TH JULY | THE HINDU

SYLLABUS SECTION: GS III (ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY)

WHY IN NEWS SAVE ENTREPRENEURS FROM HARASSMENT ?

Recently, The Centre’s proposed amendments to decriminalize certain provisions of the Environment Protection Act (EPA) for Save Entrepreneurs from Harassment.

  • It was aim to save law abiding citizens/entrepreneurs from undue harassment in case of minor non compliances.

MORE DETAILS:

  • Several court cases file, that increase the burden on the judicial system.
  • Earlier, the Environment Ministry issued a notification proposing amendments to the Environment Protection Act (EPA), by replacing a clause that provides for imprisoning violators with one that only requires them to pay a fine.
  • This did not apply to violations that caused grave injury or loss of
  • The propose fines, in lieu of imprisonment, are also up to 500 times greater than those currently levied.

PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATORS

  • Violators could be punish with five years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to ₹1 lakh, or with both.
  • If violations continue an additional fine of up to ₹5,000 would be levied every day.
  • There is also a provision for jail terms to extend to seven years.
  • The provisions are proposed to be decriminalize with heavier penalties in order to encourage self-regulation in law abiding citizens and entrepreneurs.
  • Imposition of heavier penalties, coupled with provisions of IPC, 1860, to act as deterrent for violators on the other hand.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

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