Draft tea bill proposes to remove licenses, archaic provisions – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The draft tea bill intends to take away archaic or redundant provisions, cast off licences, promote ease of doing enterprise and enhance exports from he sector, an official mentioned.
The commerce ministry has proposed to repeal the 68-year previous Tea Act, 1953 and and introduce a brand new laws Tea (Promotion and Growth) Invoice, 2022.
“The aim of the brand new invoice is to take away the archaic/redundant provisions which have misplaced their relevance and make it trade pleasant, putting off licences and act as a facilitator,” the official mentioned.
It could additionally go well with the necessity of the trade and the financial state of affairs at the moment prevalent within the nation.
Explaining the significance of the invoice, the official mentioned it recognises small growers and places emphasis on their coaching, adoption of recent expertise, capability constructing, worth addition; safeguards curiosity of tea backyard staff; and promotes ease of doing enterprise.
At the moment, the central authorities workout routines management over the tea sector by 4 management orders.
“The management mechanism envisaged underneath these orders has outlived its utility,” the official mentioned, including the proposed invoice will assist in boosting exports by emphasising on high quality, and defending mental property rights of tea of Indian origin.
It additionally talks about decriminalising minor offences and limiting penal motion to civil penalty for non-compliances.
Additional, the invoice introduces the doctrine of proportionality, which makes it necessary for each motion of the Tea Board to be in tune with the goals of the invoice in order to stop any unfair or unilateral motion by the Board.
Archaic provisions of the present Act embody permission to plant tea, export allotment, export quotas and licences, imposition of cess on tea produced in India, and elimination of planted tea with out permission.
Beneath an present provision of the Act, the central authorities has the facility to manage value and distribution of tea, together with fixing the minimal and most value.
At current, the Centre additionally has the facility to authorise any individual to take over the administration management of any backyard which stays closed for greater than three months with out investigation.
“These are reactive steps which have by no means been profitable, reasonably acted as a detriment to contemporary funding,” the official added.
The important thing challenges of the sector embody stagnation in export, imbalance in demand and provide resulting in falling costs, declining productiveness, lack of worth addition, and lack of product diversification.
India produces among the world’s best tea akin to Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri teas.
India is the second largest producer of tea on this planet with a share of 20 per cent. In 2020, India produced 1,258 million kgs, as in opposition to the world manufacturing of 6,269 million kgs.
India is the fourth largest tea exporter and shipped 210 million kgs in 2020. Kenya, China and Sri Lanka are the highest three exporters.

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