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Parliament passes Mines Bill, overcoming obstacles

Mines and Minerals bill was passed by Parliament on Friday,

Mines and Minerals bill,Rajya Sabha,Lok Sabha , Narendra Singh Tomar ,P Rajeeve,e TMC, NCP, SP, BSP, BJD, AIADMK, DMK , JMM The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, was passed by the Rajya Sabha earlier on Friday and later approved by the Lok Sabha within 20 minutes.

Overcoming obstacles, the Mines and Minerals bill was  passed by Parliament on Friday, becoming the second major reform measure to receive the approval of the legislature in the first half of the Budget Session.

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, was passed by the Rajya Sabha earlier on Friday and later approved by the Lok Sabha within 20 minutes.

The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha but was referred to a Select Committee in Rajya Sabha by a united Opposition.

After a day of high drama yesterday, the Bill was cleared by the upper house as the government agreed to the amendment recommended by the Select Committee on March 18.

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Since Rajya Sabha had made amendments to the bill passed by Lok Sabha, it was sent back to the lower House for a fresh approval.

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, seeking to hike FDI in insurance sector was the first reform measure passed by Parliament.

Government had promulgated ordinances on insurance and mines and minerals in December last and January, which were converted to bills.


In the upper house all parties, barring Congress and the Left, supported it. JD-U members walked out before the voting saying they did not want to be part of the procedure.

The Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha by 117 members voting in favour and 69 against it, after Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved it for passage.

The House earlier saw a lot of discussion on a motion moved by P Rajeeve of CPI(M), which sought that the measure be re-sent to the Select Committee as it had not taken the views of all stakeholders including state governments.


This amendment was voted out after a division, with parties like TMC, NCP, SP, BSP, BJD, AIADMK, DMK and JMM, besides allies Shiv Sena and SAD supporting the government.

The rejection of the motion by 112 votes against and 68 in favour, paved the way for the House to take up the Bill for voting.

Some members also pointed out that the bill could fail the legal test and get struck down by courts as it sought to impinge on the rights of states, which were not consulted by the Select Committee looking into the bill.

The Select Committee to which the bill was referred to by the Rajya Sabha brought in one amendment in it and passed it.

As the amended bill was moved for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha, several opposition members took a dig at the government, saying it ignored their suggestions when it was first taken up in the House but was forced to accede to them in Rajya Sabha where it does not have numbers.


Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge took a swipe at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for calling his party “obstructionist” due to its opposition to the reformist laws being brought by the BJP government and said being obstructionist was “fundamental right” of the saffron party.

Kharge read out a statement made by Jaitley when the then opposition BJP had been stalling Parliament, in which he had said obstructing work in the House was not undemocratic.


B Mahtab (BJD) said good sense had prevailed on the government as the amendments suggested by his party had been incorporated and mistakes made by the treasury benches corrected.

Mohammad Salim of CPI(M) also spoke on similar lines. Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government was always willing to changes and had assured the members about that.

First published on: 20-03-2015 at 06:05:31 pm
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