Rajya Sabha takes up discussion on Weapon of Mass Destruction Amendment Bill 2022
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Rajya Sabha on 21 July took up discussion on the Weapon of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill 2022.
This bill has been brought to amend the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005.
The 2005 Act prohibits illegal activities such as the manufacture, transportation, or transfer of weapons of mass destruction and their means of distribution.
The bill envisages a prohibition on the financing of any activity related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and empowers to take action against the financiers of such activities.
Purpose of the Bill
Prohibiting the financing of activities related to weapons of mass destruction
Empowering the Centre to freeze, confiscate or attach money, financial assets or economic resources to prevent financing.
Prohibiting the provision of money, financial assets or economic resources in relation to weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.
What are weapons of mass destruction?
Weapons that are likely to cause large-scale death and destruction and their presence in the hands of an enemy power can be considered a serious threat.
Nuclear, biological, chemical weapons can be called weapons of mass destruction.
The atomic bomb used in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks in Japan is one of the weapons of mass destruction.
To control the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972 and the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 are the main ones.
India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but is a signatory to both the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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