Handique is a senior Member of Parliament from the North Eastern Region and has represented the Jorhat Lok Sabha,Assam for six consecutive terms since 1991. He also served as a Rajya Sabha member from 1980 to 1986.
In the 15th lok sabha elections, Handique won from Jorhat constituency for the sixth consecutive term and was promoted to Union Cabinet minister status. He formally took oath of office as Union Cabinet Minister holding dual charges of Mines and the Development of North East Region (DoNER) portfolios.
Handique previously served as a Minister Of State for Chemicals And Fertilizers from 2004-2009 and was also the Minister of Mines from May 2009-January 2011. It was during his tenure as Minister of Mines that a new direction was given to the Nation's Mining Policy with the clause for participation and inclusion of local communities in mining belts including tribal areas. The Draft mining bill initiated by Handique was due for introduction in the Indian Parliament.
As Minister of Mines
He proposed that 26% of the *equity* or *profits* of the mining operations of a company should go to the... Read More