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Major Ports Authorities Bill would encourage good competition: Union minister

The invoice was handed within the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday via poll votes with 84 in favour and 44 towards it; the Lok Sabha had cleared it in September final yr.

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi

UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 03:57 PM IST

Union minister of state for ports, transport and waterways Mansukh Mandaviya stated on Wednesday that the Main Ports Authorities Invoice, 2020 would encourage good competitors amongst main and personal ports. He added that it will additionally enhance port land utilization and amplify competitors in port tariffs.

The invoice was handed within the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday via poll votes with 84 in favour and 44 towards it; the Lok Sabha had cleared it in September final yr.

The invoice seeks to supply extra autonomy in decision-making to the 12 main ports of the country- Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (together with Haldia)- and in addition professionalise their governance via the formation of boards.

Chatting with the information company ANI, Mansukh stated, “Main Ports Authorities Invoice will encourage good competitors between main & non-public ports. It’ll enhance port land utilization and amplify competitors in port tariffs. India’s main ports will have the ability to survive whereas competing with non-major and personal ports.”

A number of opposition events together with the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Samajwadi Celebration (SP), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and so forth opposed the invoice by alleging that it was aimed in the direction of the privatisation of ports and depleting the powers of states with regard to land use.

Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil identified that loopholes within the draft copy of the invoice have been deliberately stored with a view to help the “backdoor entry of the buddies” into the sector. Echoing Gohil’s argument, DMK chief P Wilson stated that the invoice had been handed to serve non-public gamers and in addition scale back the state governments’ say within the improvement of ports.

Responding to all these allegations of the opposition leaders, Union minister Mandaviya stated that the invoice was not meant in the direction of privatising main ports. It could slightly enhance their resolution making powers in order that they will compete with world-class ports.

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