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Narendra Modi govt to table Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha today

After being slammed from all quarters for its anti-farmer move, the NDA-led government will on Tuesday introduce in the Lok Sabha the bill to replace the contentious land acquisition ordinance.


Narendra Modi govt to table Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha today

New Delhi: After being slammed from all quarters for its anti-farmer move, the NDA-led government will on Tuesday introduce in the Lok Sabha the bill to replace the contentious land acquisition ordinance.

The Opposition has demanded the government to amend contentious clauses related to consent and Social Impact Assessment in the bill which will further pave way for pro-farmer law.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has also issued a statement that the interest of farmers and land owners has been protected in the fine-tuning of the bill.

Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh will introduce the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year, which had brought changes in the earlier bill passed in 2013 by the UPA government.

The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas -- industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is holding a discussion on it with senior ministers amid indication that the government could revisit some of the provisions in the ordinance promulgated.

Meanwhile, setting in motion the process of replacing ordinances relating coal mines, e-rickshaws and FDI in insurance with fresh bills, the government has listed for the withdrawal of old bills in Rajya Sabha.

Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal will move for withdrawal of these bills.

The government is racing against time to convert the six ordinances into bills in the first part of the Budget session, which comes to an end on March 20.

The governemnt will also introduce a bill in Lok Sabha to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, which will replace the ordinance promulgated on the issue recently.

(With PTI inputs)

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