New Delhi: In the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s directive, the Rural Development Ministry has speeded up its effort to introduce new amendments in Land Acquisition Act.

Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said, “Under any circumstances we will take the nod from the Union Cabinet on the draft Bill by the second week of June.” Deshmukh claimed, the recommendations of Chawla Committee set up for natural resources allocation will also be taken into consideration.

“After making the requisite changes in the Land Acquisition Act, efforts will be made to get it cleared in the monsoon session of Parliament,” he added.

After the assembly elections at West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has softened her stand on the issue. Previously, Banerjee was being regarded as a major hurdle in the amendment of the Act.

The recent Bhatta Parsaul village incident related to land acquisition and compensation has forced the Union government to bring about amendments in the Act.

Further, Deshmukh said, “I have been actively pursuing the matter, we will take into consideration the suggestions made by concerned people,” adding “There is no provision of providing land to the farmers in lieu of the acquired land.”

“The norms for land acquisition for private and government needs may be different but there will be no difference in the rate of compensation,” he added.