Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath has called upon for a meeting of political parties addressing the concerns generated over the proposed legislation about land acquisition bill. To move further with this bill acquisition he has proposed to have this meeting on 7th of this month.
All the major political parties are expected present on this meeting. Last year winter session of parliament, total 157 amendments have been passed to the land acquisition, rehabilitation, and resettlement bill. Not only has that, this amendments consisted of extent of agendas like modification in the consent clause, the scope of public purpose, degree of compensation, etc. Due to its wide sphere of issues many political parties has requested to the government to look into the bill and consider many changes. The left has taken an active contribution in suggesting changes in the land acquisition bill.
On the contrary, the congress believes that the land acquisition bill is the core of beneficial quotient for ordinary Indian public and as a result both the president and vice president of the party has already moved forward aggressively and taken an active part to keep the proposed amendments intact. Many other ministers are also in the support of undamaged or unmodified bill. Rural development minister has already supported the congress by saying “there is no going back”.
Out of 157 amendments 101 is based on typography and technical part of the land. But the opposition parties are in demand to include the proposition of increasing higher compensation to the land owners too.
By Priyanka Das, 4 March 2013, New Delhi