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Govt Approves Deep Ocean Mission

Govt Approves Deep Ocean Mission

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ‘Deep Sea Mission’. This will help in exploration of marine resources and development of marine technology. Keeping in view the upcoming Kharif season, the government has also increased the subsidy on DAP by Rs 700 per bag.

A proposal to this effect was approved in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

After the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that there is a different world under the deep sea. 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Not much study has been done about it yet. He said that the CCEA has approved the ‘Deep Sea Mission’. This will strengthen the blue economy on the one hand, as well as help in the exploration of marine resources and development of marine technology. Javadekar said that there are many types of minerals below 6000 meters in the sea. These minerals have not been studied. Under this mission, study and survey work will be done about minerals.

Climate change and sea level rise will also be studied
Apart from this, studies will also be done about changes in the deep sea including climate change and rising sea level, the Union Minister said. The minister said that under the deep-sea mission, biodiversity will also be studied.

Prakash Javadekar said that under this, an advanced marine station will be established to gather information about marine biology. In addition, thermal energy will be studied.

Javadekar said that only five countries of the world, America, Russia, France, Japan, China have technology in this regard. Such technology is not freely available. In such a situation, this mission itself will also pave the way for the development of technology.

On the other hand, Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya said that the Central Government has increased the subsidy on Di ammonium Phosphate (DAP) fertilizer by Rs 700 per bag. This will put a burden of Rs 14,775 crore on the exchequer.

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