Land acquisition bill in Lok Sabha tomorrow

The govt is seeking to give another push to the controversial measure despite not having the numbers in Rajya Sabha.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2015 9:34 pm
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The land acquisition bill is being brought in Lok Sabha on Friday with the government seeking to give another push to the controversial measure despite not having the numbers in the Rajya Sabha.

The bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha in March, could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha following which the related Ordinance had to be repromulgated after proroguing the Upper House.

A copy of the repromulgated ordinance was placed in the Lok Sabha on April 20 and in Rajya Sabha on April 23, the opening days of both Houses in the second phase of the budget session.

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As part of the plan, government has extended the session of Lok Sabha by three days on Thursday after a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. Sources in government said that they will make an attempt to get the bill passed in both Houses.

The decision to bring the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to the Lok Sabha was taken in a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) on Wednesday, the sources said.

The bill was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha on March 10 during the first half of the budget session to replace an Ordinance which had brought sweeping changes in the ealier land bill brought by the previous UPA government in 2013.

Following massive opposition to the new bill, government could not introduce it in the Rajya Sabha then. To prevent the land acquisition Ordinance promulgated on December 31 last year from lapsing on April 5, the government got it Ordinance repromulgated.

The re-promulgated ordinance carried all the nine official amendments that were incorporated when the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. While the Opposition, mainly Congress, has been saying that the government should not make the passage of the bill a prestige issue, the government is keen that the bill becomes a reality but wants to dispel the “anti-farmer” tag, which the Opposition has sought to label it with over the issue.

There has been a talk that the government could suggest referring the bill to a joint committee of Parliament in order to evolve a consensus on it.

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    Sarma
    May 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm
    Based on the past experience, I will be surprised if the opposition parties donot disrupt the House to prevent discussion. They very well know that the Govt. has the option of a joint session in case it is voted out in the Rajyasabha. The positions taken by the ruling and oppostion parties seem to be irreconcilable. It is better if the bill is taken to its logical conclusion either way so that we can focus on other issues facing the country.
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    ah
    May 8, 2015 at 10:18 am
    This is WESTERN agenda ....... lets see how it works out .......... almost all parties are in Western Cartel's net ..................... may be some do not understand, BUT some have an IDEA whether real western Agenda will be OPPOSED by any thing worthwhile ....................
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    MANISH
    May 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm
    MODI SHUD COMMUNICATE TO GENERAL PUBLIC IN THIS REGARD. THE SAME OPPOSITION PEOPLE OPPOSING REFORMS TODAY , WILL START ASKING " WHERE IS DEVELOPMENT " IN 2018.
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