GOVT’S SCHEME TO SCRAP OLD VE­HI­CLES MAY BE DE­LAYED AGAIN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Anisha Dutta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 8

NEWDELHI: Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cen­tral govern­ment’s am­bi­tious ve­hi­cle scrap­ping pol­icy, which pro­poses to im­pose a cap of 20 years on the life of all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, may be de­layed fur­ther. The rea­son: re­luc­tant state gov­ern­ments.

In a fed­eral set-up like In­dia’s, it is “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult” to give ef­fect to any pol­icy un­less state gov­ern­ments are on board, ex­plained a se­nior of­fi­cial at the min­istry of road trans­port.

“...so we are go­ing through a con­sul­ta­tive process with the states. We had writ­ten to the states ask­ing their views, so it may take a few months to go through that; they have not re­sponded yet,” the se­nior of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

The pol­icy, which was to be sent to the Cabi­net for ap­proval ear­lier this year, has faced mul­ti­ple road­blocks.

Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported in July that the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO) on July 9 re­turned the Cabi­net note sent by the road trans­port min­istry with a raft of di­rec­tions, i nclud­ing more ac­tive con­sul­ta­tions with states, be­fore it is im­ple­mented.

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