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Parliament passes Inland Vessels Bill

The Parliament has passed the Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 with Rajya Sabha approving it today amid din. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill. The legislation is to replace the Inland Vessels Act, 1917.

The bill seeks to introduce a uniform regulatory framework for inland vessel navigation across the country. It provides for a central database for recording the details of vessel, vessel registration and crew on an electronic portal.

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The bill defines mechanically propelled inland vessels to include ships, boats, sailing vessels, container vessels and ferries.

The bill was passed after a brief discussion amid uproar.  Speaking on the bill, Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted its importance and features.

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