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Coal Allocation Bill passed in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, March 04: In a significant development, the coal allocation bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Wednesday despite the opposition from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members. The bill will allow the mining lease to the trusted firms through a transparent bidding process.

The bill replaced the ordinance brought by the government.

Talking about the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that the coal mining operations will continue and the government aims to have optimum utilisation of coal maintaining transparency in bidding system.

Strong action will be taken against the firms in case of illegal coal mining in the country, he said.

However, talking about the concern raised by the BJD members in the Lok Sabha against the bill, the minister said that the interest of Odisha will be protected.

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