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Introduction: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce, recently issued a notification on November 2, 2023, marked as G.S.R. 819(E). This notification introduces amendments to the Rubber Rules, 1955, as authorized by section 25 of the Rubber Act, 1947 (XXIV of 1947).

1. Amendment Rules, 2023: The notification introduces the Rubber (Amendment) Rules, 2023. These rules are designed to bring about changes and modifications to the existing regulations.

2. Effective Date: The amendment rules come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. This ensures that the updated rules take effect immediately.

3. Change in Rule 27A: The key modification pertains to rule 27A in the Rubber Rules, 1955. It substitutes the words “Joint Secretary to the Government of India” with “Deputy Secretary to the Government of India or above.” This change reflects a shift in the administrative hierarchy responsible for certain matters under the Rubber Act.

4. Historical Context: The notification also provides a historical context by referencing the original Rubber Rules published in the Gazette of India in 1955. It highlights several amendments made to the rules over the years, underscoring the dynamic nature of regulatory frameworks.

Conclusion: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s issuance of the Rubber (Amendment) Rules, 2023, under the authority of the Rubber Act, 1947, demonstrates the government’s commitment to keeping regulations in sync with evolving needs and administrative structures. The key change in rule 27A reflects a modification in the level of government officials responsible for certain aspects of the rubber industry.

This notification serves as a vital update for stakeholders in the rubber industry, ensuring they are aware of the latest regulatory adjustments and can comply with the amended rules. It is important for industry participants to stay informed and adapt to the changing regulatory landscape.

Please note that the specific implications and the broader impact of these changes should be thoroughly examined in consultation with relevant experts and authorities in the rubber industry to ensure full compliance and a clear understanding of the amended rules.


(Department of Commerce)
New Delhi, the 2nd November, 2023

G.S.R. 819(E).In exercise of the powers conferred by section 25 of the Rubber Act, 1947 (XXIV of 1947), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Rubber Rules, 1955, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Rubber (Amendment) Rules, 2023.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Rubber Rules, 1955, in rule 27A, for the words “Joint Secretary to the Government of India”, the words

“Deputy Secretary to the Government of India or above” shall be substituted.

[No. 2/2/2016-Plant-C]


Note. The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary), Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i); page 1613, dated the 1st August, 1955, and subsequently amended vide the following numbers, namely:–

(i) G.S.R. 1497, dated the 27th September, 1976

(ii) G.S.R. 553, dated the 18th April, 1978.

(iii) G.S.R. 163, dated the 21st January, 1982.

(iv) G.S.R. 1033(E), dated the 31st December, 1987.

(v) G.S.R. 716(E), dated the 20th June, 1988.

(vi) G.S.R. 561 E, dated the 5th July, 1994.

(vii) G.S.R. 897(E), dated the 12th December, 2001.

(viii) G.S.R. 760(E), dated the 15th October, 2009.

(ix) G.S.R. 704(E), dated the 25th August, 2010.

(x) G.S.R. 668(E), dated the 4th July, 2016.

(xi) G.S.R. 1513(E), dated the 13th December, 2017.

(xii) G.S.R. 18(E), dated the 8th January, 2018.


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