India signed the headquarters agreement between the government and the newly-formed International Solar Alliance.The agreement was signed between Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh and ISA Interim Director General Upendra Tripathy.
According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, the new agreement has “provisions covering definition; interpretation and objectives; legal status, capacity and freedom of assembly; headquarters; other premises for temporary use; the ISA Secretariat property, funds and assets; communication facility for the implementation of the ISA Secretariat activity; visas; staff of the ISA Secretariat; privileges and immunities; waiver of privileges and immunities; settlement of disputes; supplemental agreements; general provisions; entry into force; and duration”.
“Accordingly, the government of India recognises the international legal personality of the ISA.”
“The ISA Secretariat shall enjoy independence and freedom of action in the furtherance of its official functions and shall have the rights to display its logo, flag and other identifiers, on its programmes, premises and vehicles.
“The government of India shall provide support of Rs 125 crore to ISA for creating corpus, building infrastructure and recurring expenditure over five years duration from 2016-17 to 2020-21,” it said.
At the agreement signing ceremony, V.K. Singh said that the dream of solar energy as an important modicum of power source has come about. He further added that this would ensure that the prices of power would now come down and it would reach the poorer sections of society.
The ISA was established on December 6, 2017 following the fulfillment of the conditions laid down in the framework agreement.