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- The IALA is an inter-governmental organization for collecting and providing nautical expertise and advice.
- It was established in 1957 under French law and has headquarters at St. Germainen Laye (France).
- It is governed by a General Assembly having 83 National members, with its Council as the executive body.
- The IALA council consists of 24 National Members including India which is represented through Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL), Ministry of Shipping.
- DGLL establishes and maintains Aids to Navigation in general waters along coast of India including Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar group of islands, as per Lighthouse Act 1927.