GoM may be set up this week to examine land acquisition bill

GoM may be set up this week to examine land acquisition bill New Delhi: Centre is expected to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) this week to examine certain provisions of the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

The Union Cabinet had decided to refer the bill to the GoM last month after some ministers raised reservations on certain provisions of the proposed legislation.

Sources indicated that Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Minister for Road Transport and Highways C P Joshi, Defence Minister A K Antony and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh may be part of the nine-member GoM.

A number of ministers including Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily and Transport Minister C P Joshi had voiced reservations over certain provisions in the bill.

Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had also suggested that the bill be put on hold till the concerns are addressed.

Rechristened as 'The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition' Bill, it has been hanging fire for long even though the National Advisory Council headed by Sonia Gandhi has been pushing for the law and even has framed its broad contours.

The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 was introduced in Parliament in September last year and was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee, which submitted its recommendations in May.

PTI