Faultlines in NDA over Land Bill
Faultlines in NDA on the Land Bill are visible with three of BJP's allies -- Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Swabhimani Paksha -- red-flagging a number of provisions of the proposed legislation.
New Delhi: Faultlines in NDA on the Land Bill are visible with three of BJP's allies -- Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Swabhimani Paksha -- red-flagging a number of provisions of the proposed legislation.
The contentious bill, which proposes amendments to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, is under examination of a Joint Committee of Parliament which is about to conclude its consultation process and consider it clause-by-clause next week.
While Shiv Sena has, for quite some time, been on record seeking incorporation of a clause providing for 70 per cent consent of farmers in the bill, SAD and Paksha have written to the panel headed by S S Ahluwalia that "not an inch" of land should be acquired without the consent of farmers.
In its written representation to the JPC, five MPs from SAD--- Naresh Gurjal, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sher Singh Ghubaiya said that they firmly believe that land is a priceless asset of the farmers.
"Not even an inch of it should be acquired by the government without the consent of the farmers/land owners." they said.
The MPs also insisted that land should only be acquired for public sector projects and the "government should not get into acquisition for private entities".
They added that farmers should not be denied the right to approach court for redressal of grievance.
The SAD is a votary of full proof safeguards for compensating not only farmers but also those "dependents on land, including farm labourers", their MPs wrote.