Indian Ports Bill-2021: Bone of Contention

In the recently concluded 18th meeting of the Maritime States Development Council (MSDC), which was organized by the Ministry of Ports Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) the central government has proposed and asked ministers from the state governments for the discussion on the new ‘Draft Indian Ports Bill 2021’.
Moreover, the state governments oppose it because many powers currently implemented by state governments would be transferred to the Union Government. While the central government says that the proposed bill would enable the best management and utilization of the coastline by way of participation by both the central government and maritime states/union territories (UTs).