Govt maintains suspense on re-promulgation of Land Ordinance

Government on Monday maintained suspense over whether it will re-promulgate Land Acquisition Ordinance which is slated to lapse on April 5.

PTI| Updated: Mar 23, 2015, 19:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Monday maintained suspense over whether it will re-promulgate Land Acquisition Ordinance which is slated to lapse on April 5.

"Wait till April 4," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here when asked whether Ordinance will be re-promulgated as it is going to lapse.

The Land Acquisition Bill, which was intended to replace Ordinance, was passed by Lok Sabha earlier this month but it got stuck in Rajya Sabha as the entire opposition got united against it.

For re-promulgation of the Ordinance, the Budget session of Parliament, which has gone into a month-long recess from March 21, will have to be prorogued, a call that the government has to take.

The bill is aimed at amending the Land Act of 2013, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said has "lacunae" as it was brought in a hurry.

Defending the new bill, Sitaraman said the government is committed to engage with all the stakeholders to ensure that nobody is adversely affected.

"Land Bill will be crucial....This government is committed in engaging with all the stakeholders...And above all no point in time the interests of Indian public are going to be adversely affected," she said.