NITI Aayog meeting: Non-BJP CMs oppose land Bill changes

Narendra Modi chaired the second meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Council to deliberate on various issues, including the contentious land acquisition bill.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2015 2:25 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday struggled to forge a consensus among chief ministers for his government’s move to amend the existing Land Acquisition Act, even as 12 chief ministers skipped the meeting convened by him to discuss the issue.

While chief ministers like Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal squarely opposed any move to dilute provisions of the 2013 Act, even allies like Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed advised caution in acquiring land without consent of the
farmers.

 

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While the Lok Sabha passed the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015, it got stuck in the Rajya Sabha. A parliamentary panel is currently scrutinising it.

Most of the dissenting chief ministers conveyed to the government that in case it fails to forge a consensus on the bill, then the states should be allowed to enact their respective legislation and the Centre should vet them.

Vice-Chairman of the NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya had recently urged states to liberalise their land use policy and introduce transparent land leasing laws to facilitate industrialisation and investments.

 

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The 12 Chief Ministers skipped the meet either in protest or citing engagements.

Chairing a two-hour long meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog comprising chief ministers, Modi argued that the Centre and states must join hands to end poverty as “political deadlock” over land acquisition is seriously impacting development in the rural areas including creation of schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation projects.

“Political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that would facilitate development of the rural areas, and greater prosperity for the farmers,” he told them.

While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee boycotted the meet citing her opposition to the proposed dilution of some provisions in the bill, her Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa and Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik skipped the meeting citing other engagements.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the meet that his government is opposed to any attempt to dilute, nullify or tamper with the letter and spirit of the 2013 Act in its original form.

“Vociferously opposed any dilution of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (LARR) 2013 at the NITI Aayog meeting today,” Kumar tweeted after the meet.

Among the NDA allies, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said that the “Land Bill 2015 has triggered concerns within the farming community” in his state.

While arguing that land acquisition should be left to the states, he stressed the need for land owners’ consent and social impact assessment for all acquisitions..

A source said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed emphasised the need to forge a consensus on the issue and give greater freedom to the states in pursuing national objectives, but in sync with their respective conditions.

Chief ministers of BJP-ruled states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat — contended at the meet that amending the existing law would be in larger public interest.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Jul 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm
    The news item somehow wants to keep congress name even if it is for a negative news. Whats so grt about CMs not attending.? Anyway they can do nothing with 44 in LS. The only thing that is ociated with congress now is negativity and stalling of countries progress. People will soon decide that this GOP is unfit even as a opposition party. Opposition does not mean oppose all the time...........Anyway there are no people with brains left in the cong party. Their position is that of nuisance value. They know in their hearts that Modi is doing a first cl job, but have to survive with these silly gimmicks.....Nothing constructive
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    aaa
    Jul 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm
    Akihilesh = 0 seats Mamta = 0 seats
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    aaa
    Jul 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    next kerela elections BJP 90 seats next Tamil nadu elections BPJ 190 seats next karanataka elections BJP 140 seats next Andra elections TDP 140 seats
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    aaa
    Jul 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    next up elections BJP 300 seats next bihar elections BJP 180 seats next Rajasthan elections BJP 0 seats next Gujrat elections BJP 0 seats
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    Anuj Kapoor
    Jul 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm
    Congratulations Congress... you have achieved a new low today wherein you have refused to obey the democratic norms laid down by our founding fathers ... whose legacy you claim today. You have disrespected the consution by showing your disrespect (and not dissent) to the head of the worlds largest democracy. In such scenario you have exposed your disbelief in the Indian Democracy and that it is high time for you to leave this country. Most of your spokespersons are lawyers but they are revealed today to be the most illiterate , uneducated and spoilt bunch of brats led by the next gen hi... pappu.
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    chaitanya
    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:05 pm
    congress has achieved a new low... those nine states will lose congress governments in the states..
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    Damaru Prasad
    Jul 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
    It must be granted that Nitish ---- despite his old grudge against Modi --- is a pro-development man. The rest which include Congis and their cousins have no love development. People of India should note. Conman was perhaps not invited at al.
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    kiran
    Jul 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm
    the voices that say that congress and other opposition CMs are undemocratic forgot that Modi hardly attended any meeting when he was the CM. ofcourse, hypocrisy is the middle name of BJP and its bhakts
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