Cabinet defers Land Acquisition Bill



Land Acquisition Bill was deferred by the Union Cabinet on Thursday as some ministers wanted more time to study the proposed legislation.

The amended Bill, which has been rechristened The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill was listed in its agenda at the last minute.

The Bill was listed as one of the last items for consideration. It is learnt that some ministers, including C P Joshi, sought more time to go through it.

"Hopefully, it will be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting," the source said.

Government has said in Parliament that provisions have been made in the revised Land Acquisition Bill incorporating recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee to protect the rights of farmers on land and to check the number of families displaced by land acquisition.

Seeking to dispel the impression that the Bill will only be pro-farmer, Rural Development Minister has also said current economic circumstances dictate the need for making it "more investor-friendly".

He has said it is the endeavour of the government to bring it in the current session of Parliament which concludes on September 7.

According to the government, the Bill "endeavours to protect multi-cropped irrigated lands from land acquisition, so as not to adversely affect food safety of the country".

The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 was introduced in Parliament in September last year and was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which submitted its recommendation in May this year.

PTI