Kerala govt proposes 3-yr jail term for river polluters

The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to enhance punishment for those who pollute water resources in the state.

A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan resolved to bring in an ordinance to make necessary amendments in this regard to The Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act.

Governor P. Sathasivam has been asked to promulgate the ordinance.

The cabinet approved a draft legislation with offenders punishable with an imprisonment of three years or a fine of Rs two lakh.

As per the existing law, offenders are punishable with a fine of between Rs 25000 to Rs 10,000 and an imprisonment of six months.

(Agencies)

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