by NEWSNER , 2021-08-03 13:35:13
Parliament Monday passed The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021, which aims to bring uniformity in the application of the law relating to inland waterways and navigation within the country.
Lok Sabha had passed the Bill already on July 29. It was cleared by Rajya Sabha Monday by a voice vote amid Opposition protest and sloganeering over the Pegasus snooping controversy, farm laws and price rise.
Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, moved The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 in the upper house for consideration and passing.
The bill will encourage cost-effective and safe inland waterway cargo transportation, as well as uniformity in the application of the law governing inland waterways and navigation in the country.
"It would enhance the regulations governing inland vessels and guarantee safety of navigation, preservation of life and cargo, and pollution prevention," he said.
It would also ensure the administration of inland water transportation is transparent and accountable, as well as tighten processes controlling inland vessels, their construction, survey, registration, manning, navigation, and other related topics, he said.
According to Sonowal, the sector is now governed by The Inland Vessels Acts, 1917, which has become absolute and insufficient to manage the sector's increasing complexity and operational backlog.
"Members' claims that the federal government is infringing on state rights and expanding into the domain of the state legislature, affecting traditional fishermen and their boat movement, are entirely unfounded," he said.
It will allow the warship to go across the country, he noted.
During the passage of the Bill, several Opposition members in the Well of the House tore papers and tossed them in the air.
The deputy chairman immediately adjourned the House for an hour after the bill was passed.