The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to frame a new law which will ensure strict action, including a jail term, and a fine for those polluting water bodies.

The state cabinet which met here decided to float an ordinance and a new bill in this regard would be introduced in the Kerala assembly later.

As per the new guidelines, a fine of Rs. 2 lakh and a jail term up to three years will be handed over to those who throw or dump waste in the water bodies of the state.

Former CPI-M Rajya Sabha member T.N.Seema, presently the vice chairperson of the Green Kerala Mission, welcomed the decision and said this could be a pioneering law in the country.

“Certain tough positions have to be taken and this would only help the environment,” said Seema.