ICMA To Set Up Full-fledged Hyderabad, Vadodara Chapters

Hyderabad, Nov 13: | Updated: Nov 14 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association (ICMA) has decided to set up its full-fledged chapters in Hyderabad and Vadodara. ICMA has offices in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and has collaborations with the ministry of chemical and fertilisers and Narcotics Control Bureau.

According to its vision, the new chapter will be its first office in Andhra Pradesh with a move to fostering development of chemical industry. ICMA provides synergy, with the focus on technology, to monitor as well as contribute to the legislation to help the industry, Mr SN Singh, president ICMA said while addressing a workshop on awareness programme on chemicals weapon convention and handling of precursor chemicals.

The workshop focussed on the awareness of the chemical weapons convention Act and the narcotic drugs and psychotropic drug Act. These Acts assume significance in view of the rapid growth in the industry and the potential for possible devastating effects resulting out of negligence or ignorance among the industry players.

The highlights of the workshop revealed that the release of chemical warfare agents into the environment poses threat to lives and the risks caused by them persists for a long time in the environment. The only solution was to eliminate such weapons of mass destruction and prevent their re-emergence. In this regard, the narcotic drugs and psychotropic drug Act was amended to provide notification of the precursor chemicals like acetic anhydride and pseudoephidrine used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs like heroin, etc, says a report from ICMA.

Thus for protecing the environment, the chemical weapons convention was signed by more than 150 countries including India and accepted by the UN General Assembly and the Act provides registration of products, importers and users of discrete organic chemicals.