Draft Insecticides (Third Amendment) Rules, 2019

Sep 04, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) on August 28, 2019, has published the Draft Insecticides (Third Amendment) Rules, 2019 to further amend the Insecticides Rules, 1971.

The amendment in the Insecticides Rules, 1971 is as under:

Under Rule 10 which specifies the Licence for sale, etc., of insecticides, sub-rule (1A) has been substituted, namely:

Sub-rule (1A): Person who applies for the grant of licence to sell, stock or exhibit for sale or distribute insecticides shall possess or employ a person possessing a graduate degree in Agricultural Sciences or Biochemistry or Biotechnology or Life Sciences or in Science with Chemistry or Botany or Zoology from a Government recognised university or Institute ; Or

One-year diploma course in Agriculture or Horticulture or related subjects from any government recognised university or institute with course content on plant protection and pesticides management as the minimum qualification:

Provided that the existing licensee of Insecticides, who are more than forty-five years of age and who have been running their trade either themselves or have inherited with cumulative period of experience of more than ten years before the commencement of rules as amended by The Insecticides (Second Amendment) Rules, 2017 and the annual turnover is less than Rs. five lakh are exempted from the aforesaid rule for a period of licenceship continuing in their name;

Provided further that all other existing retailers or dealers possessing a valid licence without the prescribed qualification before commencement of the rules as amended by the Insecticides (Second Amendment) Rules, 2017 may possess the certificate course for a period of 12 weeks for one day per week with classes once in a week from any State Agriculture University or Krishi Vigyan Kendras or National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad or National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIDPR) or National Institute of Plant Health Management, Hyderabad, State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Central or State Research Institutes or any other Government recognized university or institute:

Provided further that all retailers or dealers possessing a valid licence without the prescribed qualification as on the date of commencement of rules as amended by The Insecticides (Second Amendment) Rules, 2017 shall be allowed upto December 31, 2020 from the date of publication of this notification, to comply with the said qualifications.

The payment of salary of the employee shall be made by licensees through digital mode or by a cheque to ensure that the person is employed with them.

The Draft Rules will be taken into consideration after the expiry of thirty days from the date on which the copies of this notification as published (August 29, 2019) in the Gazette of India are made available to the public.

Objections and suggestions may be forwarded to the Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Co-operation and Farmers Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001.

[Notification No. G.S.R. 607(E)] 

 


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