Haryana’s government presented a bill to the state assembly on Monday to exempt tractors from the rule that prohibits diesel vehicles older than 10 years from operating in NCR areas.

Haryana’s government presented a bill to the state assembly on Monday to exempt tractors from the rule that prohibits diesel vehicles older than 10 years from operating in NCR areas.

The Haryana Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Act, 2022, amending the Haryana Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2019, was introduced in the House by Transport Secretary Mool Chand Sharma and will be discussed later in the ongoing budget session.

In submitting the bill, Sharma said that given the financial situation of farmers and the ban on the use of diesel vehicles older than 10 years in the National Capital Region, it is necessary and expedient to extend the validity of the main law until June. 30, 2025.

The objects and reasons of the bill state: “…to provide temporary relief to the farmers and other affected people residing in the districts of Haryana covered by the NCR regarding the operation of specific vehicles for agricultural purposes, the Haryana Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2019 was notified by the state government on March 18, 2019 with a validity of one year from the date of its entry into force.” “Now the state government believes that, given the financial condition of the farmers and the ongoing ban on the use of 10-year (old) diesel vehicles in the NCR, including specified agricultural vehicles, … it is necessary and expedient to extend the validity of said law until June 30, 2025.

“And during this period, several policy issues and support for phasing out the specified agricultural vehicles from the National Capital Region are expected to be finalized,” they said. On March 7, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said in the Assembly that the state is coming up with legislation that would exempt tractors from the ban.

The NGT has taken a position that the driving of diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 and 15 years respectively will not be allowed in the NCR area, the prime minister had previously told the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, six other bills were also submitted to the House of Representatives on Monday. The bills would be dealt with later and adopted after extensive discussions.

Many opposition MLAs focused on the BJP-JJP government during the budget discussion. Congress leader Kiran Choudhary said while participating in the discussion that the BJP-JJP government has patted itself on the back for prudent fiscal management, but the national debt is mounting.

“This government has not done any major infrastructure work. In reality, their budget is just a sleight of hand with numbers. It is a directionless budget,” Choudhary said, opening the debate on the 2022-23 budget estimates presented by Khattar in the House last week.

BJP MLA Krishan Middha and JJP’s Jogi Ram Sihag praised the government for bringing a pro-popular budget.


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