Rubber Board

Context: The Rubber Board, jointly with the Central government and the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association, is implementing a project to expand the area under natural rubber in the Northeastern States.

About the Rubber Board

  • The Rubber Board is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India, under the Rubber Act 1947, for the overall development of the rubber industry in the country.
  • The Rubber Board functions under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry of the Government of India.
  • Head Office: Kottayam, Kerala
  • Composition: As per Section 4(3) of the Act, The Board shall consist of:
    • A Chairman to be appointed by the Central Government;
    • Two members to represent the State of Tamil Nadu, one of whom shall be a person representing the rubber producing interests;
    • Eight members to represent the State of Kerala, six of whom shall be persons representing the rubber producing interests, three of such six being persons representing the small growers;
    • Ten members to be nominated by the Central Government, of whom two shall represent the manufacturers and four labour; Three members to be nominated by the Central Government, of whom two shall be from the Department of Commerce and one from the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation;
    • Three members of Parliament, of whom two shall be elected by the House of People (Lok Sabha) and one by the Council of States ( Rajya Sabha);
    • The Executive Director, ex-officio; and
    • The Rubber Production Commissioner, ex-officio.


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The functions of the Board as defined under the Act are:

  • To promote by such measures as it thinks fit the development of the rubber industry by:
    • undertaking,  assisting  or  encouraging  scientific,  technological  or  economic research.
    • training students  in improved methods  of planting, cultivation,  manuring  and spraying.
    • the supply of technical advice to rubber growers.
    • improving the marketing of rubber.
    • the collection of statistics from owners of estates, dealers and manufacturers.
    • securing  better  working  conditions  and  the  provision  and  improvement  of amenities and incentives to workers.
    • carrying out any other duties which may be vested with the Board as per rules made under this Act.
  • It shall also be the duty of the Board:
    • to advise the Central Government on all matters relating to the development of the rubber industry, including the import and export of rubber.
    • to  advise the Central Government with regard to participation in any international conference or scheme relating to rubber.
    • to submit to the Central  Government  and such other  authorities  as may  be prescribed, half yearly reports on its activities and the working of this Act, and
    • to prepare and furnish such other reports relating to the rubber industry as may be required by the Central Government from time to time.

Prelims PYQ 2022:

With reference to the “Tea Board” in India, consider the following statements:

1. The Tea Board is a statutory body.

2. It is a regulatory body attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

3. The Tea Board’s Head Office is situated in Bengaluru.

4. The Board has overseas offices at Dubai and Moscow.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 2 and 4

(c) 3 and 4

(d) 1 and 4

Answer: (d)

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