Consider threat perception before amending Chemical Weapons Act: MPs panel
New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel today asked
the government to give due consideration to threat perception
faced by the country before approving the Chemical Weapons
Convention (Amendment) Bill.
In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Chemicals and Fertilisers, chaired by BJP leader Gopinath
Munde, said it "strongly feels that the threat perception
(both internal and external) being faced by the country needs
to be given due consideration before the Act is amended."
The Bill seeks to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention
Act, 2000, which prohibits the development, production,
stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
The Bill to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act was
introduced in the Lok Sabha in April to bring the legislation
in line with the international convention.
The Committee asked the Department "to give a serious
thought to incorporating in the proposed Bill suitable
provisions for the safety and security of the country and its
people in the event of a chemical warfare".
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