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Govt mulling pesticides board

The government plans to strengthen the regulatory framework for the pesticides sector by setting up a Central Pesticides Board and making registration mandatory for all new products. The proposed board will advise the government on all matters concerning regulation, manufacture, use and disposal of pesticides. A committee will examine the safety aspects of pesticides before registering these. A new law is proposed to be enacted to replace the Insecticides Act, 1968. A Bill to this effect is already before the Rajya Sabha and was referred to a parliamentary standing committee. This committee ...