The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) between India and South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) for
co-operation on the response to oil and chemical pollution in the South Asian
seas in Sri Lanka's
The MoU intends to promote closer
cooperation between India and other maritime nations comprising the South Asian
seas region namely Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for protection
and preservation of the marine environment in the region.
A high-level delegation led by DG Rajendra
Singh, Director General Indian Coast Guard on official visit to Colombo, Sri
Lanka has handed over the instrument of consent by the Government of India to
the Dr Muhammad Khurshid, Director General, SACEP Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 12
in presence of Indian High Commission, Colombo staff and other dignitaries.
Indian Coast Guard on behalf of the
centre will be responsible for cooperation and respond to all incidents of oil
and chemical pollution in South Asian Seas Region as and when assistance is requested
by the member state during a spill.
With a view to promote and support protection,
management and enhancement of the environment in the South Asian region, the
Governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka established the SACEP in 1982 as an inter-governmental
organisation, with its headquarter in Colombo.