What is Weapons of Mass Destruction? Bill to stop funding of arms passed in Lok Sabha. What are Weapons of Mass Destruction, Bill to prohibit funding of WMDs pass in LS


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New Delhi: The Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery System Amendment Bill – 2022 has been unanimously approved in the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to prevent the funding of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their associated systems. This whole exercise has been done by sitting inside the country to take action against those who promote terrorism in the country by outside elements. Through this, the provisions of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Supply System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005 have been amended.

Weapons of mass destruction are biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Through the new law, a provision has been made to stop the financing of such weapons. It empowers the Central Government to withhold, acquire or attach any person’s funds and other financial assets or economic resources to prevent them from funding such weapons.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, without naming Pakistan, said on Wednesday that there are some countries which do not adopt actions and policies in line with the obligations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and some of these countries are close to us. The External Affairs Minister said that with the passage of this bill, the country’s global position will be strengthened. He said that it was necessary to change the 17-year-old law to ensure the security of the country.

Jaishankar said that the government, in keeping with its international obligations, UN Security Council Resolution No. 1540, the 2005 Law on Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and keeping in mind its national security, weapons of mass destruction and Brought a bill with a provision to stop funding the proliferation of systems associated with them.

After the minister’s reply, the Lower House approved the ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022’. All the parties in the Lok Sabha supported this bill irrespective of party line. Jaishankar said that we are upgrading a law which is 17 years old and it is an example of good governance. He said that in the year 1947, Parliament had enacted the United Nations Security Council Act, in which it was obliged that the government would take any step to give effect to the resolution passed by the Security Council, although it would not involve the use of force. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that in this bill a new section 12A has been inserted in the existing law. Through this, no person will be able to finance any activity related to any weapons of mass destruction.

Jaishankar said that since independence, we have been a good member country of the United Nations and even today we are taking this initiative under the steps of the United Nations. He said that since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, serious concerns have been expressed about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists, such elements and unauthorized parties. He said that though it was mentioned only from the 70s.

The External Affairs Minister said that in view of these concerns, the Security Council had passed Resolution 1540, which said that all countries will ensure that there is no proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the domestic level, including to ensure the non-proliferation of biological, chemical weapons. And it was said that steps should be taken to stop its spread. He said that in Proposition 1540, however, the financial dimensions and implications associated with it were not added. He said that in the year 2005, when we made the law, its basis was this proposal of the Security Council, so this amendment bill has been brought to add financial dimension to it.

Jaishankar said that this topic remained relevant to the concerns of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and that all the members understand the importance of FATF. He said that the FATF assesses whether countries are accountable for their financial policies in this regard. The External Affairs Minister said that there are some countries which do not adopt actions and policies in line with the obligations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Without naming Pakistan, he said that most of the members know which countries are involved in it. “Some of these (countries) are very close to us.”

The bill seeks to prevent the funding of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their associated systems. It empowers the Central Government to freeze, acquire or attach funds and other financial assets or economic resources to prevent such funding. The Bill of Objects and Reasons stated that regulations relating to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems have been expanded recently by international organizations.

The recommendations of the United Nations Security Council’s Targeted Fiscal Sanctions and Financial Action Task Force against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems have been implemented. It seeks to empower the central government to prohibit the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems with respect to funds and other financial assets or economic resources. Through this an amendment has been made in the Weapons of Mass Massacre and their Delivery System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act 2005.



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