Patkar demands fresh rules for land acquisition

Demanding a new set of rules and regulations for land acquisition, noted social worker Medha Patkar on Friday claimed that the existing law is based on the colonial thinking and should be scrapped.

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 23:37 PM IST

Indore: Demanding a new set of rules and
regulations for land acquisition, noted social worker Medha
Patkar on Friday claimed that the existing law is based on the
colonial thinking and should be scrapped.

"The present land acquisition law is based on the
colonial thinking and the government should cancel it instead
of amending it for paving the way for framing a new law with a
wider perspective of development," Patkar told reporters here.
The law framed by Britishers in 1874 in this regard was
amended after the Independence in such a manner that it
benefited private companies in their motives at the cost of
small land owners and farmers, she claimed.

She alleged that agricultural land being acquired in a
blind manner for industrialisation will cause major problems
of rehabilitation to farmers.

Patkar demanded that debate on framing new laws be held
both inside and outside the Parliament for making it more
meaningful.

PTI