Bill replacing coal ordinance to be brought in Parliament

coalNEW DELHI : A bill seeking to replace the coal blocks allocation ordinance that unveiled the NDA government’s ambitious coal sector reforms will be brought in Parliament this week.Introduction as well as consideration and passage of two bills to replace two ordinances pertaining to coal blocks allocation and textile undertakings is on the government agenda this week.
The coal blocks allocation ordinance was brought in the wake of the Supreme Court decision cancelling 214 coal blocks in September.The government promulgated Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014 in October to facilitate auctioning of the cancelled coal blocks.
Incidentally, the coal ordinance has been opposed by the central trade unions, including RSS-affiliated trade union Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS).BMS as also AITUC, CITU, HMS and INTUC have jointly opposed the government’s proposal to allow private players to mine coal and sell it in the open market, a right till now reserved with the state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL).
The ordinance has also come under attack from the Left parties.The bill seeking to replace Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2014 is being introduced in Lok Sabha tomorrow and will also be moved for consideration immediately thereafter.
The ordinance was brought to shield the National Textile Corporation from rent control laws that have been used to evict its sick textile units from prime land in several cities.
The government is also planning to bring in both the Houses the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Merchant Shipping (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013, two bills relating to Legislative Councils in Tamil Nadu and Assam as also two bills related to repealing of old and outdated laws.
In addition, the Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 besides the IIIT Bill and the Constitution Scheduled Castes Orders (Amendment) Bill as passed by Lok Sabha may be moved for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha.The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014 may be taken up in Lok Sabha.
Substantial legislative business was transacted during the first week of Winter Session of Parliament that commenced on November 24.The bills passed by the Lok Sabha were The Delhi Police Special Establishment Act (Amendment) Bill, 2014, the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Records and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2014 and the Constitution Scheduled Castes Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
Rajya Sabha has passed the Labour Laws (Exemption from Filing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2014, the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and the Apprentices Act (Amendment) Bill.

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