GoM meet on Land Acquisition Bill today

GoM meet on Land Acquisition Bill today Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: A Group of Ministers, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, will meet on Thursday to examine certain provisions of the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

Land Acquisition Bill was deferred by the Union Cabinet on August 24 as some ministers wanted more time to study the proposed legislation.

The amended Bill, which has been rechristened The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill was listed in its agenda at the last minute.

The Bill was listed as one of the last items for consideration. It is learnt that some ministers, including C P Joshi, sought more time to go through it.

According to the government, the Bill "endeavours to protect multi-cropped irrigated lands from land acquisition, so as not to adversely affect food safety of the country".

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 recommendation in May this year.

With PTI inputs