News Update

COVID-19: Global death tally inches close to 7.5 lakh including 48K in IndiaCBDT reconstitutes NeAC under Faceless SchemeTax Charter Launch - Taxpayer now assured of courteous behavior: PMCBDT directs Investigation & Central Charges not to send any Communication to assessees till further orderCBDT diverts 26 posts of CCIT + 129 posts of PCIT & 3 posts of CIT to National e-Assessment Centre AND re-designates posts diverted earlierCBIC reduces tariff value of gold and gold barsCBDT issues orders u/s 119 - International Tax & Central Charges assessment orders brought under Faceless Scheme + DG(Inv) to authorise all Surveys u/s 133APM says Govt trying for seamless, painless & faceless tax systemPM launches Income Tax ‘Transparent Taxation - Honouring the Honest’ Platform containing Taxpayers’ Charter & Faceless Assessment detailsChina retaliates; imposes anti-dumping duty on Indian fibre optic goodsIndia-China Faceoff - Do not keep quiet & take it on Chin! New Delhi needs to counter Beijing's Chequebook Diplomacy!CX - It cannot be said that notification 65/95-CE is unconditional and absolute - sub-section (1A) of Section 5A is not attracted - no irregularity in availment of CENVAT credit and payment of duty: CESTATCOVID-19 - Expert Group on Vaccine deliberates on delivery mechanismST - Intelsat, being a relay station itself, cannot be said to be a 'broadcaster'- charges paid by appellant to Intelsat not taxable under reverse charge: CESTATGovt allows registration of Electric Vehicles without batteriesCus - If issue is to be adjudicated by just reiterating the findings and decisions recorded in previous o-in-o which has been set aside by tribunal, then the AA has failed in task assigned to him for reconsideration of matter: CESTATCOVID-19 - Global tally surpasses 20.5 million, says Johns Hopkins UnivFormer President Pranab Mukherjee continues to be ventilator supportJammu to Delhi travel time will come to just about six hours: MoSMoney Laundering - Huge transactions in HK and US Dollars unearthedGST Data safe with GSTN - don't worry, there's a solution
 
Govt seeks inputs on draft bill to replace over 90 year old Lighthouse Act

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, JULY 10, 2020: IN accordance with Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's vision for augmenting people's participation and transparency in the governance, Ministry of Shipping has issued the draft of Aids to Navigation Bill, 2020 for suggestions from the stakeholders and general public.

The draft bill is proposed to replace the almost nine decades old Lighthouse Act, 1927, to incorporate the global best practices, technological developments and India's International obligations in the field of Aids to Marine Navigation.

Union Minister of State of Shipping (I/C) Mr MansukhMandaviya said that this initiative is part of the proactive approach adopted by the Ministry of Shipping by repealing archaic colonial laws and replacing it with modern and contemporary needs of the maritime industry. Mr Mandaviya also added that suggestions from the public and stakeholders will strengthen the provisions of the legislation. He further added that the bill aims to regulate state-of-the-art technologies of marine navigation which was earlier used to tangle in statutory provisions of Lighthouse Act, 1927.

The draft bill provides for empower ing Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) with additional power and functions such as Vessel Traffic Service, Wreck flagging, training and certification, implementation of other obligations under International Conventions, where India is a signatory . It also provides for identification and development of heritage lighthouses.

The draft bill comprises a new schedule of o ffences, along with commensurate penalties for obstructing and damaging the aids to navigation, and non-compliance with directives issued by the Central Government and other bodies under the draft bill.

With the advent of modern technologically improved aids to maritime navigation, the role of authorities regulating and operating maritime navigation has changed drastically. Therefore the new law encompasses a major shift from lighthouses to modern aids of navigation.

The draft bill is uploaded on the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships' website http://www.dgll.nic.in/Content/926_3_dgll.gov.in.aspx, where citizens can submit their suggestions and opinions regarding the draft bill to atonbill2020@gmail.com latest by 24.07.2020.


POST YOUR COMMENTS