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RS members support Ship Recycling Bill, ask for more

Cutting across party lines, majority of Rajya Sabha members on Monday supported the Recycling of Ships Bill, but sought better safeguards for workers and environment protection in the new law itself or its rules. The bill, which has already been passed by Lok Sabha, seeks to regulate recycling of ships in accordance with international standards. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya moved the bill in the Upper House for consideration. The minister said that India s 7,500km-long coastline provides natural opportunity for boosting ship recycling business in the country. He said that the segment meets over 10 per cent of the country s steel demand and saves natural resources like iron ore and coal. Mandaviya told the House that the bill will provide for protection of environment and safety of workers in the country. He said the bill will adhere to the Hong Kong convention (on ship recycling) and will help the country get more ships for recycling. The minister also told the ..

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