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Mining Bill brings long overdue reforms. Centre-state politics shouldn’t become a hurdle now

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The MMRDA Bill brings critical and long overdue reforms to the mines and minerals sector. It offers solutions to the problems of productivity, profitability and illegalities plaguing the enormously lucrative business. Well regulated, legal, private mining can also ensure the environment isn’t damaged. Centre-state politics shouldn’t become a hurdle now.

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