The Viewpoint - New Mines and Minerals Bill Stumbles Along

Bar & Bench March 27 2012

By Shruti Sahu and Arnav Joshi

The Central Government has prepared a comprehensive draft Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 (the Bill). Once passed, the Bill will repeal and replace the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (the Act). After several rounds of consultations with stakeholders including central ministries, state governments, industry associations and NGOs, the Bill was approved by the Cabinet in September 2011. However, this was approved only after the Bill was further scrutinized by a group of ministers headed by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee . . .

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