CM MK Stalin: It is well-known that the Central Government has already drafted the Indian Ports Bill-2021. The Tamil Nadu authorities has taken the bill critically
Tamilnadu Cm Mk Stalin Letter
CM MK Stalin: It is well-known that the Central Government has already drafted the Indian Ports Bill-2021. The bill was strongly opposed by the Tamil Nadu authorities. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written to 8 coastal CMs looking for objections to the bill, which seeks to cut back the precedence of states in the matter of minor ports. He mentioned the draft bill was introduced by the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to tie up the possession of small ports with the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC). MSDC is scheduled to meet on the twenty fourth of this month (Thursday) to talk about the situation with the states. Asked to object to it.
According to the Indian Ports Act-1908 presently in power, the planning, improvement, regulation and regulation of minor ports are inside the purview of the State Governments. The new bill proposes to switch such powers to MSDC any longer. Stalin accused the central authorities of usurping the powers of the state governments. He requested the Center to elevate objections to the bill which might trigger injury to the states.
He wrote letters to the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal and Union Territory of Puducherry, including Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy. He expressed concern that if the bill is handed by Parliament, states will now not have a precedence position in the area of small ports. To this extent the cell wants to be heard.