Another push to land acquisition bill, govt may extend Lok Sabha session

BJP sources said the government could suggest referring the bill to a joint committee in order to evolve consensus on it.

Written by Liz Mathew , Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2015 8:14 am
narendra modi, land bill, land acquisition bill, BJP government, NDA government, modi government, Lok Sabha session BJP sources said the government would engage some smaller parties in talks and could suggest referring the bill to a joint committee in order to evolve consensus on it.

Having failed to get it cleared by Rajya Sabha despite a nod from Lok Sabha in the first half of the Budget Session, the government is all set to make another attempt to get the controversial land acquisition amendment bill passed by Parliament by bringing it to the Lower House in the last two days of the current session. The government is also exploring the idea of extending the Lok Sabha session till May 13.

According to Parliament sources, the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) on Wednesday decided to bring the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to the Lok Sabha in the next two days. In addition, six more Bills including bill on land agreement with Bangladesh are likely to be taken up in Lok Sabha — three of these will be introduced after having been cleared by the Rajya Sabha, sources said.

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The Land Acquisition Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on March 10 during the first half of the Budget Session. However, it could not be introduced in the Rajya Sabha following sustained resistance from the Opposition.

Since the land acquisition Ordinance promulgated by the Narendra Modi government on December 31, 2014, would have lapsed on April 5 and with no possibility of it getting cleared by the Parliament before that day as the House was in recess, the government got the Ordinance repromulgated.

All the nine official amendments that had been incorporated when the land bill was passed by Lok Sabha were also brought in the new Ordinance. Asked when the government is bringing the land bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Wait for the suspense.”

Passage of the bill has become a prestige issue for the BJP-led government despite vehement protests from the Opposition, rights groups, affiliated groups of Sangh Parivar and some of its allies. The Opposition, which is in a majority in the Rajya Sabha, has rallied behind the Congress, saying the proposed legislation was anti-farmer and it cannot be passed in its present form. However, when the government discussed its agenda in the last BAC meeting, the land bill was not included.

BJP sources said the government would engage some smaller parties in talks and could suggest referring the bill to a joint committee in order to evolve consensus on it.

Meanwhile, government sources indicated that the Budget session could be extended if the legislative business in its agenda is not completed.

“We have quite a few important bills coming from Rajya Sabha to Lok Sabha. If needed, the Lok Sabha may get extended till May 13,” said a minister.

He said the Cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs would meet on Thursday to take a call on it, although some opposition parties, including Congress, are not in favour of prolonging the session.

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    Dr Motilal
    May 7, 2015 at 11:39 am
    Opposition's yard stick is whether the revised version of bill is " PRO- DAMAD JI '. Have they raised issues of Farmers relating to "COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE TO CROP and RELIEF FOR AGRICULTURE LOAN " ? Opposition ( in particular INC ) is playing politics at the cost of farmers .
    1. nitish hey
      May 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm
      Very Important Vision, here it is, it is as Practical as sociology is, Land Bill Ped >>> Industrial corridor >>> Rural turns urban>>>Labour becomes Skilled>>>Farming has no promotion BUT SKILLED JOB has>>>farmer no more has to suffer! >>>JOB provides insurance unlike farming>>>PEPL learn to live with better etiquette>>>No more embarrment in urban malls >>> life is busy>>> after 40s they develop business thoughts>>> busy in constructive thinking >>> NO MORE RAPES nO MORE ORTHODOX PANCHAYAT FARMAANS>>> no more suicides in semi urban areas becoz of unemployment>>> PEPL live with better standard of life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. S
        May 7, 2015 at 9:16 am
        No Govt will like to loose confidence of farmers. Those opposing the land Acquisition Bill in its present form are afraid of pace of development which our country will achieve .This will be going to harm their vote bank & they may not be able to fool the poor people. Present Govt should explain the basics of this bill through media .This will remove all the apprehensions & doubt created by some politicians.