For ease of doing biz, century-old Boilers Act to be decriminalized

Source: The post is based on the article “For ease of doing biz, century-old Boilers Act to be decriminalized” published in Livemint on 26th August 2022.

What is the News?

The Government of India is set to decriminalize the archaic Indian Boilers Act,1923.

What is the Indian Boiler Act,1923?

Indian Boilers Act-1923 was enacted with the objective to provide mainly for the safety of life and Property of persons from the danger of explosions of steam boilers and for achieving uniformity in registration and inspection during the operation and maintenance of boilers in India.

What are the key changes the government is planning to make to the Indian Boiler Act, 1923?

Firstly, decriminalize the Boilers Act by removing the provision for a two-year jail time for violation of the rules. 

Secondly, easing the rules by extending the duration of licenses and cutting the frequency of inspections.

What will be the impact of these amendments?

A boiler is an essential tool for a number of industries including power plants, government factories, sugar, textile, feed, auto rice mills and the pharmaceutical industry. 

Hence, these proposed changes will help improve the ease of doing business in the country and reduce litigation. 

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