Section 3 in The Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act, 2005

Title: Power of Central Government to take measures to protect environment

Description: The Central Government shall take all such measures as it deems necessary or expedient for regulation of coastal aquaculture by prescribing guidelines, to ensure that coastal aquaculture does not cause any detriment to the coastal environment and the concept of responsible coastal aquaculture contained in such guidelines shall be followed in regulating the coastal aquaculture activities to protect the livelihood of various sections of the people living in the coastal areas.

Title: Establishment of Authority and appointment of Chairperson and members

Description: (1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, there shall be established for the purposes of this Act an Authority to be called the Coastal Aquaculture Authority. (2) The head office of the Authority shall be at such place as the Central Government may decide. (3) The Authority shall consist of the following members who shall be appointed by the Central Government, namely:-- (a) the Chairperson who is, or has been, a Judge of a High Court; (b) one member who is an expert in the field of coastal aquaculture; (c) one member who is an expert in the field of coastal ecology nominated by the Department of Ocean Development of the Central Government; (d) one member who is an expert in the field of environment protection or pollution control nominated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Central Government; (e) one member to represent the Ministry of Agriculture of the Central Government; (f) one member to represent the Ministry of Commerce of the Central Government; (g) four members to represent the coastal States on rotation basis; (h) one member-secretary. (4) The term of office of the Chairperson and every other member shall be three years. (5) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service of, the members shall be such as may be prescribed.

Title: Disqualifications for appointment as member

Description: A person shall be disqualified for being appointed as a member if he— (a) has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offence which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude; or (b) is an undischarged insolvent; or (c) is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court; or (d) has been removed or dismissed from the service of the Government or a Corporation owned or controlled by the Government; or (e) has, in the opinion of the Central Government, such financial or other interest in the Authority as is likely to affect prejudicially the discharge by him of his functions as a member.

Title: Eligibility of member for reappointment

Description: Subject to sub-section (5) of section 4, any person ceasing to be a member shall be eligible for reappointment as such member for not more than two consecutive terms.

Title: Meetings of Authority

Description: (1) The Authority shall meet at such times and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including the quorum thereat) as may be specified by regulations. (2) If for any reason the Chairperson is unable to attend any meeting of the Authority any other member chosen by the members present at the meeting shall preside at the meeting. (3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority of votes of the members present and voting and in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairperson or in his absence the person presiding, shall have and exercise a second or casting vote.

CHAPTER 2 GENERAL POWERS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT