Finally, the much-awaited Land Acquisition Bill will be introduced in the Parliament, a day ahead of the conclusion of the Monsoon Session, but it would not suffice to beat the blues among farmers and others. It will be effective when the amended Bill will be able to satisfy everyone and take the form of a law. However, the government is committed to give it the shape of a law, but getting consensus on this matter is a cumbersome task. It is not surprising that the industrial world has showed its disappointment over the Land Acquisition Bill and other sectors too could express their displeasure with it. On the one hand, industrial sector has reservation regarding the concession given on the acquisition of multi-cropped land, real estate developers, on the other, said the property prices would spiral up by 60 percent if the draft Land Acquisition Bill proposed by the Rural Development Ministry came into force. There is a need of serious discussion on the Land Acquisition Bill because it is difficult to pacify everyone in this regard. The Land Acquisition Bill should not only mollify the concerns of everyone rather also expedite industrialization as well as take care of the farmers’ interests. Without land, neither industry can be developed nor the need of urbanization be met nor be infrastructure developed. So, the law making the process of land acquisition complex is not beneficial for the country.

Going by the present draft of Land Acquisition Bill, it is obvious that the farmers are not going to get adequate compensation. Though the new Land Acquisition Bill speaks about rehabilitation and resettlement, it does not give light on the farmers’ livelihood and their better resettlement. It is difficult to understand the government is not willing to give adequate compensation to the farmers. It is fair that there is a provision of acquiring multi-cropped land, but the condition of not acquiring more than 5 percent of multi-cropped land in a village could pose a serious problem. This condition will also prove a bottleneck for those big cities which are witnessing development with high population density. Our policy makers could not deny the fact that the big cities are not being developed properly. The new draft bill does not look fit to iron out these angularities. It is expected that the Standing Committee of the Parliament will fine-tune the new Land Acquisition Bill which would look after everyone’s interests.