RLD chief calls for early tabling of land acquisition Bill
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 21:43
New Delhi: Calling for tabling of the long delayed land acquisition Bill in Parliament, RLD chief Ajit Singh on Tuesday said it was a serious issue and the government should not hold it back just because its ally Trinamool Congress is opposed to it.

"I recently met Rural Development Minister C P Joshi to discuss the land acquisition Bill. He told me that though the government is ready to bring it to Parliament, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee (an ally of UPA) opposes it. Congress should try to make Mamata see reason. Government is not going to fall on a Mamata threat," Singh said.

He said UP Chief Minister Mayawati had recently acquired 855 revenue villages (equivalent to 2,000 villages) in four districts of Agra, Aligarh, Hathras and Mathura for constructing the Yamuna Expressway.

"She has acquired villages on both sides of the proposed Yamuna Expressway. In fact she has taken over an entire tehsil as we are still governed by the Land Acquisition Act of 1894. There are many shortcomings in this Act and therefore I am calling for early tabling of the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill 2007," Singh told reporters here.

He said the land acquired by Mayawati was used for potato cultivation and the country's 20 per cent potatoes come from that region. Land is the only livelihood of a farmer and therefore farm land should be made equivalent to forest land, that cannot be acquired, he said.

"I think farmers will again have to come to Delhi," Singh said, hinting at a possible farmer agitation on the issue.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 21:43

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