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Coal, mines Bills cleared as govt. has its way

A file photo of a Rajya Sabha in session.  

Despite an aggressive Opposition giving the NDA’s parliamentary managers a tough time during the first half of the budget session that concluded on Friday, the Modi government found reason to pat itself on the back.

With the exception of the contentious Land Acquisition Ordinance, it succeeded in converting five of its six ordinances into Acts of Parliament.

On Friday, Parliament cleared both the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015, two days after the Select Committees submitted their reports to the Rajya Sabha.

Referring to the Land Bill cleared by the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told journalists that it “will be taken up in the Rajya Sabha during the next phase of the budget session.”

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