Govt’s financial Bills line-up skips MMDR, land acquisition
But significantly the proposed Land Acquisition Bill and the Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill does not feature in an official list of 25 Bills for consideration and passing and another 10 for introduction during the winter session that was released on Tuesday.
The controversial Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, that was introduced in Parliament in September last year is expected to be taken up by the Cabinet soon, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh had said earlier this week. Last month, it was cleared by a group of ministers headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar. Meanwhile, the MMDR Bill, 2011, that provides for 26 per cent profit-sharing by coal miners with project-affected people is currently being examined by the Standing Committee. Mines minister Dinsha Patel had last month expressed hope that it would be passed in the winter session of Parliament.
The constitutional amendment bill to allow the Centre to tax goods at the retail level and states to tax services as part of the GST rollout plan also does not figure in the list. Government sources said the draft of the Bill is with the subcommittee of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers and hence cannot be placed
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