Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
IntroducedRajya SabhaJul 29, 2021
PassedRajya SabhaJul 30, 2021
PassedLok SabhaAug 04, 2021
- The Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on July 29, 2021, by the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar. The Bill amends the Coconut Development Board Act, 1979. The Act established the Coconut Development Board for the development of the coconut industry. The Bill seeks to amend the composition of the Coconut Development Board to improve its management and administration. Key features of the Bill include:
- Functions of the Board: Under the Act, the Board may recommend measures to improve the marketing of coconut and its products in India. The Bill adds that the Board may also recommend measures for improving the marketing of coconut and its products outside India.
- The Act allows the Board to finance suitable schemes, in consultation with the central and state governments, to improve the quality and increase the production of coconut. This would apply to areas where coconut is grown on a large scale. The Bill amends this provision to extend such financing to all coconut producing states.
- Changes to the management: Under the Act, the Chairman of the Board, who also functions as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is appointed by the central government. The Chairman is entitled to a salary and allowance, as prescribed by the central government. The Bill proposes to make the post of Chairman a non-executive one, and entitles him to only allowances to be prescribed by the central government.
- The Bill creates a separate post of CEO, who will also be appointed by the central government and may be of the rank of Joint Secretary to the central government, or above. The duties, salary, and allowances of the CEO will be prescribed by the central government.
- Under the Act, two members representing the departments of Revenue and Civil Supplies and Co-operation are appointed to the Board by the central government. The Bill proposes to substitute the member representing the department of Civil Supplies and Co-operation with a member representing the department of Consumer Affairs.
- The Bill adds an ex-officio member to the Board. The member will be the Joint Secretary to the central government, in charge of the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture.
- State representatives: Under the Act, the Board includes three members representing the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, all appointed by the central government. The Bill adds that a fourth representative from Andhra Pradesh (appointed by the central government) will also be included in the Board.
- Under the Act, the Board also includes five members appointed in rotation by the central government. These members represent five states (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Orissa, and West Bengal) and five union territories (Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Goa, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, and Pondicherry). The Bill reduces this to provide for four members representing eleven states (removing Andhra Pradesh from the existing list, and adding Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Nagaland, Telangana, and Tripura) and three union territories (removing Goa, and Daman and Diu).
- Representatives of coconut growers: Under the Act, the Board includes two members representing the coconut growers of Kerala and one each representing the coconut growers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. All these members are appointed by the central government. The Bill adds two more members, each representing coconut growers of Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. These members will also be appointed by the central government.
DISCLAIMER: This document is being furnished to you for your information. You may choose to reproduce or redistribute this report for non-commercial purposes in part or in full to any other person with due acknowledgement of PRS Legislative Research (“PRS”). The opinions expressed herein are entirely those of the author(s). PRS makes every effort to use reliable and comprehensive information, but PRS does not represent that the contents of the report are accurate or complete. PRS is an independent, not-for-profit group. This document has been prepared without regard to the objectives or opinions of those who may receive it.