New Delhi: In a bid to end difficulties in the energy sector, the Central government has decided to fast track all bills related to this sector in the Parliament. Following this, the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Bill (MMDR) has been kept at the top of the priority list.

The decision was taken in a meeting held here on Friday under the chairmanship of PM’s Principal Secretary TK Nair with Secretaries of Coal Ministry, Mines Ministry, Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Steel Ministry and New and Renewable Energy Ministry.

A unanimous decision, to table the MMDR Bill in the Parliament as soon as possible, was reached. The Bill is stuck amidst the bickering of various Ministries.

The Ministry of Coal and Steel is against the proposal that companies acquiring the land for mining schemes will have to invest 26 percent on their total profit in community development. The corporate sector is also against this proposal in the Bill which is why it is facing problems in getting tabled in the Parliament.

However, after Secretaries of the various Ministries, the Bill is now likely to be discussed by Group of Ministers.

Meanwhile, discussions were also held on fixing a target of power production for the next Five Year Plan.

According to sources, the PMO expressed its unhappiness on the 52, 000 MW power production in the present Five Year Plan.

The government had targeted 72, 000 MW additional power production which was afterwards reduced to 62, 000 MW, but even this has not been achieved as yet.

The current 2011-12 is the last year of this Five Year Plan and this year only 17,000 MW capacity will be added.

JPN/Bureau