Consider threat perception before amending Chemical Weapons Act: MPs panel
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 23:24
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".


First Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 23:24

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