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Lok Sabha approves the 2022 Indian Antarctic Bill

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jul 22, 2022 9:00 PM

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The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022, was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 22, with the goal of extending the application of domestic laws to research stations established by India in the Antarctic region.

The House was adjourned for the day shortly after the Bill was passed, and will reconvene on July 25 at 2 p.m.

The Indian Antarctica Bill, 2022 was taken up for discussion as soon as the House reassembled at 2 p.m. on July 22 following the second adjournment of the day after Earth Sciences Minister Jitendra Singh moved it for consideration.

India have 2 active research stations in Antarctica

The Bill seeks to extend the application of domestic laws to India's Antarctic research stations. India operates two active research stations in Antarctica, Maitri and Bharti, where scientists conduct research.

The Bill proposes to prohibit Indian expeditions to Antarctica without a permit or written authorization from another party to the Antarctic Treaty, to require inspection by an officer appointed by the government, and to impose penalties for violations of certain provisions of the legislation.

It also aims to establish a fund to support Antarctic research and environmental protection on the icy continent.

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