Cabinet Approves Change of Status for Marine Body IALA

Published on October 12, 2017
The government has changed the status of global marine body IALA to inter-government organisation from non-governmental organisation.

Cabinet Approves Change of Status for Marine Body IALA

  • The motive of the move is to foster the safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels.
  •  International Maritime Organisation (IMO) International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and  International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) will have equal status now.

 About IALA

  • IALA was established in 1957 under French law.
  • It is headquartered in St Germainen Laye of France
  • It is governed by a General Assembly having 83 national members
  • IALA council consists of 24 National Members
  • India is one of the council members represented through the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL)
  • DGLL establishes and maintains 'Aids to Navigation' in general waters along the coast of India, including Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep group of islands, as per Lighthouse Act 1927.

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