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Lok Sabha passes Land Acquisition Amendment Bill

The government made many amendments to its Bill hoping to appease the Opposition, but the Centre refused to bring back the consent clause or the social impact assessment, which led to a furore in the Lok Sabha.

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The Lok Sabha has passed a diluted version of the Land Acquisition Bill. The government made nine amendments to its Bill hoping to appease the Opposition, but the Centre refused to bring back the consent clause or the social impact assessment, which led to a furore in the Lok Sabha.

The amendments that have been moved by the government are exemptions for social infrastructure projects in public-private-partnership mode, which has been removed. Land that will be acquired for industrial corridors will be limited to one kilometre on either side of highways and railway lines, and compulsory employment to one member of a farming family that is selling its land.

The Centre will also put in place a “hassle-free” grievance redressal mechanism.

Reacting to the news, Mohan Parasaran, former solicitor general says is the Bill does not go through in the Rajya Sabha, the option available before the government is to seek a joint session of both houses of the Parliament.

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap too agrees with the view, but says if the Bill is sent to a select panel, the government will have to wait for six months.

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