The Union Minister for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers informed Lok Sabha about the Preventive steps taken to check Marine Pollution.
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Preventive steps taken to check Marine Pollution:
- India is a signatory to MARPOL (International Convention on Prevention of Marine Pollution).
- Prevention of Marine Pollution is also dealt with by Merchant Shipping Rules, 2009 framed under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.
- In May 2019, a steering committee with stakeholders from all the concerned Ministers has been constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to tackle the issues of marine plastic littering.
- In January, 2019, the Indian and Norwegian governments agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing a MoU and establishing the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India in January.