Govt to table The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022 in RS : Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh will move the Bill ‘The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022’ RS
On Friday last week, Lok Sabha passed the Indian Antarctic Bill 2022 seeking to extend the application of domestic laws to the Research Station set up by India in the Antarctic region.
The bill was first passed firstly on Friday in Lok Sabha. And when the house reassembled in the evening session that is at 2 p.m. on Friday, the Indian Antarctic Bil 2022 was taken up for consideration after earth sciences Minister Jitendra Singh showed the need for the consideration.
The main objective of this Indian Antarctic bill is that Antarctica should not be used for military activities or any other misuse and wants to demilitarize the area.
The minister mentioned the other objective of this Treaty was to prevent the Nations from indulging in mining activities or any other illegal activities.
The objective of this Treaty is to ensure that those countries who have institutions for nuclear explosion have to respect themselves for research or experiments that can cause damage to the climate and geography. He mentioned that Antarctica is not a man’s land and no one should exploit it with nuclear explosions.
The Minister also mentioned that after the passage of the bill Indian laws should be applied in the area occupied by Indian Institutions and to the personnel living in that continent.
India has two active research stations in Antarctica titled Maitri and Bharati where our Indian scientists are residing and performing research there.
The bill proposes to prohibit Indian expeditions to Antarctica without permission or written authorization and an inspection by an officer appointed by the government. Anyone who does not follow certain provisions of the legislation would be subject to a penalty.