Bijoy Krishna Handique

Bijoy Krishna Handique

Bijoy Krishna Handique

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Bijoy Krishna Handique (born 1 December 1934) is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Jorhat constituency of Assam and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He is the only son of Krishna Kanta Handique,a renowned Indologist.

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.

He was the Minister of Development of North Eastern Region from May 2009 to July,2011

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...
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