RS passes three Bills in the absence of Opposition

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The Rajya Sabha passed three Bills on Wednesday unopposed, after Opposition members walked out protesting the denial of an adjournment motion over the violence in Manipur.

What are the bills

  • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill that allows private players to explore for atomic minerals, the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill that exempts land within 100 kilometres of the country’s borders from the purview of conservation laws and the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill that decriminalises several provisions in commercial laws to help “ease of doing business” are the three Bills which passed without much debate.
  • The Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, according to Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, is to help build infrastructure.“India is working on future infrastructure in a way that our forests are not disturbed and connectivity and connection can also grow rapidly,” Mr. Yadav said. The exempted forest land includes land situated within 100 kilometres of international borders, Line of Control and Line of Actual Control, and proposed to be used for the construction of strategic projects for national security.
  • The Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill was also passed by voice vote. Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, piloting the Bill, said it will promote ease of doing business by decriminalising a number of provisions in laws related to trade and commerce.

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