LS does not approve bill of mineral laws (amendment) while uproar prevails

NEW DELHI: The Mineral Mines and Laws (Amendment) bill could not be approved Lok sabha on Thursday, when the Chamber witnessed protests by opposition members over controversial comments by a member of the Rajasthan parliament against the Gandhi family.

Following the adoption of the Mineral Laws (Amendment) bill, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines said the law would cause changes in the mining and mining sector.

It will remove the restriction of the end user. Despite having huge coal reserves, we are still importing coal, therefore, we need to pass this bill. Since the House is not in order, I request that the bill be passed without discussion, Joshi said.

The Mineral Laws Act (Amendment), when enacted, would replace the Mineral Laws Ordinance (Amendment), 2020.

The government has six weeks from the day that Parliament meets to obtain approval of the recently enacted ordinance. If Parliament does not approve it, the Ordinance will expire.

The Bill of Mineral Laws (Amendment) proposes to eliminate the end-use restrictions to participate in coal mine auctions and would completely open the coal sector for commercial mining for all national and global companies.

It would also pave the way for the auction of iron ore mining leases that expire this month.

Through the Ordinance, the government introduced amendments to the Coal Mining Law (Special Provisions), 2015 and the Mining Law and (Development and Regulation), 1957.

Proceedings in Lok sabha and Rajya Sabha have been paralysed in the second half of the Budget session that began on March 2 as the opposition has sought to corner the government over the issue Delhi violence, which has left 42 people dead.

On Thursday, the Lok sabha witnessed ruckus over controversial remarks by (Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, a regional outfit from Rajasthan which is backed by the BJP), against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and his family members.