The ruling BJP on Tuesday continued to be on the defensive over the recalibration of its land bill strategy and insisted that its position on the ordinance remained unchanged.
Accusing the Congress of changing its position on the land bill after the BJP-led NDA government brought in the changes its chief ministers had asked for, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the states had been given the flexibility to change the law.
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“The amendments to sections to the 2013 Act which were brought by the ordinance, were incorporated in Section 10 A. The provisions of Section 10 A provide that the state can provide for any or all of the five purposes mentioned in Section 10 A and exempt the consent and the Social Impact Assessment provisions. The ordinance, therefore, left it to the wisdom of the states as to whether they wanted to notify any of the exempted purposes. The position in the ordinance remains unchanged,” Jaitley wrote in his Facebook post.
“Pursuant to the decision taken by the NITI Aayog, the states are still empowered to so decide,” Jaitley argued, adding that the object of the ordinance also was to give certain amount of flexibility to the states because they knew their requirements best. Jaitley, one of the leading advocates of changes to the 2013 land law, said it was a “badly drafted legislation” and it has “lot of ambiguities and errors.”