New Delhi: The draft Land Acquisition Bill has landed Central government in a state of fix, as they are now wary of earning the title of being against industrialization. Drawing flak from the industry, state governments and villagers, Centre is now pulling up its socks to make amendments in the draft bill.

Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh, in his effort to establish neutrality is trying to seek support from other ministers while rallying the villagers on the issue. 

The Minister conducted meeting with farmer leaders from Chandauli, Mathura, Aligargh, Saharanpur, Gaziabad, Noida nod Bulandsahar.

In last few years, serious efforts have been made in drafting of Land Acquisition Bill. In the first term of the UPA government, the bill was presented in the Cabinet twice. Prior to this, the bill was stuck between the Cabinet and Ministers.

The Central government is in a state of dilemma as they have to demarcate urbanisation from industrialisation for which the land has to be acquired.

Maximum dispute is related to acquisition of land for urbanisation. Therefore, the amendments in the draft provisions include allotment of land for extension of cities. In the bill the land allocation for urbanisation will be decreased from 100 acres to 50 acres. However, Jairam Ramesh is aware of the pressure built by corporate houses on the government.

JPN/Bureau