8 March, New Delhi
The Lok Sabha will take up the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, for consideration and passing tomorrow- Monday.
The Bill seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year. The Ordinance had brought several changes in the earlier legislation passed by the UPA government in 2013.
The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five categories –industrial corridors, Public private partnership projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
Eight hours have been allotted for the discussion on the controversial Bill.
The Opposition and even the RSS have voiced their opposition against the Bill on grounds that the proposed law makes it easier for corporate entities to acquire land and sacrifice the interests of farmers.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused the Opposition of misusing its majority in the Rajya Sabha to obstruct legislative changes designed to bring development. He said amending the existing Act was essential to enable the creation of rural infrastructure including roads, houses for the poor, schools, hospitals and irrigation projects.
The BJP-led NDA has a majority in the Lok Sabha with 334 seats, whereas it is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha, with a total of 57 members.