4 LS, 2 Rajya Sabha MPs inducted in Shipping Board
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 19:39
New Delhi: The government today inducted six parliamentarians, including two from Rajya Sabha, in the National Shipping Board to advise it on crucial matters relating to the sector like policy issues and security.

"Six Members of Parliament (MP) have today joined the National Shipping Board (NSB) for a period of two years from today," an official statement said.

Four MPs from Lok Sabha appointed in the Board are Somendra Nath Mitra (West Bengal), Rajendrasinh Rana(Gujarat), A Sampath (Kerala) and Hamdullah Sayeed (Lakshadweep). The two MPs from Rajya Sabha are KVP Ramchandra Rao (Andhra Pradesh) and K B Shanappa (Karnataka).

The NSB is a permanent statutory body under the Merchant Shipping Act to advise the Centre on matters related to shipping and has played an important role in the maritime development of the country.

"The NSB has in recent time taken up a number of issues and made significant recommendations.... The main issues which have been concerning the Board in recent times are piracy and maritime security, Coastal Shipping Policy, setting up of state maritime boards, policy changes in sinking of iron-ore ships...," the statement said.

Its Board is chaired by Capt PVK Mohan. Other members of the Board include Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Director General, Shipping, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Deputy Chief-Naval Staff and Director General, Coast Guard.

The other members are -- Chairman of Shipping Corporation of India, Cochin Ship Yard and Chennai Port Trust, Vice Chancellor ? Indian Maritime University, ship owners and representatives of trade unions and bodies.

India has a coastline of 7,517 km of which, more than 5,400 km is the length of the mainland coastline.


First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 19:39

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