Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Rules, 2023

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released new rules called as the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas (Imposition, Collection and Utilization of Environmental Compensation for Stubble Burning) Rules, 2023.

This rules is applied to the National Capital territory of Delhi, State of Punjab, State of Haryana and National Capital Region of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  • Imposition of environmental compensation for stubble burning.

The Commission may impose and collect environmental compensation on farmers liable for burning stubble, at the following rates, namely:-

(a) The Farmer having an area of land less than two acres shall pay an environmental compensation of rupees two thousand five hundred;

(b) The Farmer having an area of land of two acres or more but less than five acres shall pay an environmental compensation of rupees five thousand;

(c) The Farmers having an area of more than five acres shall pay an environmental compensation of rupees fifteen thousand.

  • Collection of Environmental Compensation for stubble burning.

(1) The environmental compensation shall be collected from the Farmer in the form of challan as specified in Form annexed to these rules;

(2) The Farmer shall pay the amount in pursuance of challan under these rules within a period not exceeding thirty days from the date of issuance of form of challan;

(3) If the Farmer fails to pay the challan amount within the period specified under sub-rule (2), the Commission shall prepare a certificate specifying the amount due from the Farmer and forward the certificate along with the form of challan to the officer authorised by the respective State Government or, Union territory, as the case may be, in this regard;

(4) The officer referred to in sub-rule (4) shall, on receipt of the certificate and the form of challan, shall proceed to recover the amount specified thereunder from the Farmer as if it were an arrear of the land revenue;

(5) The officer of the respective State Government or, Union territory who maintains the land revenue record as prevalent in the respective State Government or, Union territory shall ensure that such record is marked with red entry against the Farmer where from the incident of stubble burning is found or reported to burn stubble or there is a proof to the effect that stubble burning has happened in the land;

(6) The environmental compensation collected under this rule shall be deposited in the account of the respective State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee. For more details, click on below given link.

Download – Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Rules, 2023


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