March 20, 2015
TMC supports Govt on Mines & Coal Bill with constructive suggestions
Derek O’Brien today spoke on the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 in Rajya Sabha, where he said his party has taken the positive approach to the Bill.
Though the party supports the Bill in general but is concerned on certain issues of mining areas being environment friendly, implementing scientific methods for mining and setting up of regulatory mechanism for it.
Derek O’Brien also welcomed the idea of e-auction due to its transparency and gave the instance of West Bengal increasing revenues in the last three years by 87% through e-governance.
He supported the Mines & Minerals and Coal Bills but asked the Government to keep away from the Land Bill calling it a danger zone to step into.
Sukhendu Sekhar Ray spoke on the Coal Mines Bill 2015. He gave constructive suggestions to the Bill. He asked the Government to make decisions in consultation with the state governments.
SS Ray said, “Consultation is a pre-condition of any liberal democracy, therefore I urge upon the Government to take the views of the state government in taking decisions in regard to allocation.”
He also suggested the Central Government to share a part of additional levy with the coal producing state and cited the Supreme Court Judgement dated 24 September, 2014.