Inland Vessels Bill 2021 passed in Lok Sabha
The Inland Vessels Bill 2021 was passed in Lok Sabha today. It was introduced in the House by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal last Thursday.
The Bill seeks to incorporate unified law for the country, instead of separate rules framed by the States. The registration certificate under the new law will be considered valid all over the country, and separate permissions from States shall not be required.
The Bill also provides for a central database for recording the details of the vessels and their crew on an electronic portal.
Shri Sonowal has said the Bill promotes cheaper and safer navigation, ensures protection of life & cargo, and brings uniformity in the application of laws related to inland waterways & navigation.