AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ON TRANSFER OF MINICOY LIGHTHOUSE
London, 19 September 1963
An Agreement made on the Nineteenth day of September, 1963, between the Minister of Transport of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland (hereinafter called the 'Minister of Transport') of the one part and the Government of India other part;
WHEREAS the lighthouse on Minicoy Island (hereinafter referred to as 'the Lighthouse') has been administered by the Government of
India since the second day of April, nineteen hundred and fifty-six;
AND WHEREAS it is desired to conclude an Agreement for the purpose of the transfer of lighthouse and the sum held in the General Lighthouse
Fund (hereinafter referred to as "the Fund") in connection therewith to the Government of India by the Minister of Transport, it
is hereby agreed as follows :
(a) The Minister of Transport hereby transfers to the Government of India all the interest held by him in the lighthouse and' in the
appurtenances thereto and, henceforth, all the rights, directly or indirectly, exercised, possessed, asserted or claimed by the Minister
of Transport in respect of the lighthouse shall be vested in and exercised, possessed, asserted or claimed exclusively by the Government
(b) The transfer includes the right of property in the lighthouse structure, other public buildings whether permanent or temporary,
fortifications, barracks, machinery, equipment and any other articles or accessories used on the Minicoy Island for the lighthouse,
any records, papers or documents now on Minicoy Island relating to the lighthouse, and any rights, franchises and privileges belonging
to the Minister of Transport in respect of the lighthouse.
The Minister of Transport shall pay within a period of two months from the date of this Agreement to the Government of India out of
the Fund the following sums, that is to say :
(a) such sum as the Minister of Transport, with the consent of the Treasury, may determine to be equivalent to the excess of the proportion
of the Fund attributable to light dues in respect of the lighthouse for the period ending with the second day of April, nineteen
hundred and fifty-six, over the aggregate of the expenses in connection with the Lighthouse relating to that period and falling to
be paid out of the Fund;
(b) a sum equal to interest at the rate of four per cent per annum on the sum payable by virtue of the foregoing paragraph for the
period beginning with the third day of April, nineteen hundred and fifty-six, and ending with the day on which the last mentioned
sum is paid;
(c) all the sums carried to the Fund and attributable to light dues in respect of the lighthouse after the second day of April, nineteen
hundred and fifty-six;
(d) in respect of each of the sums referred to in the last foregoing paragraph, a sum equal to interest at the rate of four per cent
per annum thereon for the period beginning with the relevant day and ending with the day on which the sum so referred 5 is paid.
In this Article :
(i) In paragraph (a) the reference to expenses falling to be paid out of the Fund includes a reference to expenses which fell to be
paid out of the Bases Lights Fund [the balance of which was transferred to the Fund by the Merchant Shipping (Mercantile Marine Fund)
Act, 18981, and
(ii) In paragraph (d) 'relevant day' means in relation to a sum referred to in paragraph (c) of this Article, the thirtieth day of
September falling in the year in which that sum was carried to the Fund, and for the purposes of this paragraph a year shall be treated
as a period of twelve months ending with the thirty-first day of March.
The Minister of Transport shall pay pensions or other contributions in lieu of pensions in respect of lighthouse service staff who
had retired or whose claims had become due by the second day of April, nineteen hundred and fifty-six.
In witness whereof the Minister of Transport has caused his Official seal to be affixed and Mohammed Ali Currim Chagla High Commissioner
for India, London, on behalf of the Government of India has hereunto set his hand the day and year first above written.
The official seal of the Minister of Transport was hereto affixed in the presence of:
The Minister of Transport.
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High Commissioner for India.
Signed by the above named in the presence of: