The Ordinance was promulgated for the first time in December last year to amend the 2013 Act. Despite being passed in Lok Sabha, the government did not take it to Rajya Sabha as it lacked numbers there. The Ordinance was re-promulgated in March this year.


The government, which had promulgated the Ordinance twice on the Bill since December after it faced continuous resistance especially in Rajya Sabha where it does not have the numbers, had agreed to refer it to the committee during the recently concluded Parliament Session.

The first meeting of the joint Committee of Parliament on the contentious Land Bill yesterday saw a number of Opposition members raising questions over the rationale of the government changing provisions of the 2013 Land Law. Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's arguments in favour of the Bill, the members had demanded a "composite" inter-ministerial reply on the issue.

At the meeting, the Rural Development Ministry and Legislative Department in the Law Ministry had made a presentation to members on the amendments made to the The Right To Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

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