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Land Acquisition Bill passed in Lok Sabha


The amended Land Acquisition Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday after a two-day debate.

In a bid to tone down its ‘anti-farmer’ image, Modi government has made significant changes in the controversial Land Acquisition Bill and moved nine amendments. The sitting of the House was also extended for voting.

BSP chief Mayawati said that the amendments were made after farmers turned against the Modi government.

“Centre had proposed 9 amendments to Land Acquisition Bill, let us wait and watch what those are,” she said.

Facing a united Opposition, and with NDA allies slamming the Land Bill, the government on Monday had offered further change in the proposed legislation.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh briefed leaders of the NDA allies on the land bill and the amendments moved by the government to address their concerns.

Indicating the government's willingness to incorporate more changes into the land bill in order to address the concerns raised by Opposition parties, the rural development minister said, "After consultations with the cross section of society, including political parties, farmer organisations and various other agriculture-related organisations, we have brought these amendments.

"Still, we are open to more suggestions – suggestions which are in the interest of the farmers and agriculture. But this should also be seen that development continues."

The government circulated a list of nine amendments it plans to bring in the bill proposal, including putting in place a hassle-free mechanism for grievance redressal and removing the exemption to social infrastructure projects in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
The original Act required the consent of at least 70 per cent of land owners in the area where land is to be acquired for such projects.

Government has proposed substantial changes to the controversial Land Acquisition Bill to seek wider support from an agitated opposition, which has slammed the amendments to the 2013 Act, calling it "anti-farmer".

However, the Congress is stuck to the line that the Bill be sent to the parliamentary standing committee. “The Congress will oppose the Bill if it’s not sent to the standing committee,” said Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge.

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