Indian Ports Bill 2021
The Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways proposed a new “Draft Indian Ports Bill 2021” to bring changes to the current management model of minor ports. The new legislation proposes to change and transfer many of the state governments’ powers to the Maritime State Development Council, which is currently just an advisory body. The Bill also intends to transfer many of the powers to the Central Government from the states.
It is opposed by many because it could lead to long-term adverse implications on the management of minor ports. If the MSDC becomes a regulatory authority, state government will be denied the right to develop, manage and maintain the ports.