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Govt tables Land Acquisition bill in LS

The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday tabled the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2015. It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December 2014,

Even as a united opposition and anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare continue with their vociferous protests against the Centre’s economic agenda and “pro-rich” stand, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday tabled the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2015. It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December 2014, 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 Acquisition Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas — industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

Modi has spared no effort to avoid giving the opposition an excuse to disrupt the house, especially the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA is far short of a majority. President Pranab Mukherjee, in his address to both houses of Parliament on February 23 indicated that the government is keen to legislate. Mukherjee said: ” My Government attaches paramount importance to safeguard the interest of farmers and families affected by land acquisition. While taking utmost care to protect the interest of farmers, including their compensation entitlements, the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act has been suitably refined to minimise certain procedural difficulties in acquisition of land inevitably required for critical public projects of infrastructure and for creation of basic amenities like rural housing, schools and hospitals, particularly in remote areas.”

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