The proposal to amend was made vide a letter dated February 23, 2015. It invited comments til March 13, 2015. ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) has requested that the time for comments on the proposed amendment should be extended to enable trade unions and environmental and occupational health groups to provide their inputs. TWA also appeals that the 61 page amendment proposal be made available in Hindi as well.
It is quite strange that Ship Breaking Scrap Committee has modified its composition to include representatives of the ship breaking industry but representatives from environmental and occupational health groups and trade unions has not been included as yet despite Supreme Court's order.TWA has been raising the issue of ongoing deaths, accidents and environ-occupational diseases in the ship breaking industry for more than a decade. TWA has spoken to the committee and requested that the minutes be uploaded on the website of ministry of shipping.