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Central Team Visits Bhavnagar & Alang

A Round Table on “Ship Owners Liability for Enviro-occupational Exposures on Alang Beach & Global Shipping Industry” discussed the visit of the Supreme Court constituted Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Ship breaking to Bhavnagar and Alang on 17th September among other things. The visit was facilitated by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB). The apex court had asked for the inclusion of labour and environmental groups in the IMC but the same has not been done till date.

The IMC team led Bhavnagar/Alang by S. Machendranathan, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser and Dr Dalip Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel comprised of officials from other ministries as well. (in Picture)

The Round Table took stock of the developments at the international and national levels besides the acts of omission and commission of ship owners, ship-breakers and the government agencies. The participants included trade unions, environmental groups, lawyers, researchers and media persons.

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