New Delhi: The much-awaited Land Acquisition Bill is likely to give a miss to the monsoon session of Parliament as Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has decided to take views from all quarters regarding it.

The Minister wants to hold consultations with the concerned parties before bringing the Bill to the floor of the House for discussion.

The draft will also be made public for garnering opinions of people on it.

It should be noted that the draft was scheduled to go online on Thursday for public opinion but it was stopped. The entire process of consultation with people will take more than a month as Jairam is very particular about the draft.

“I don’t want to submit the draft in a hurry. Suggestions from all Chief Ministers will also be sought,” he added.

When asked whether the Bill will be presented in the monsoon session, he said, “The monsoon session will continue till September 8. I will try to get the Bill ready by then.”

He added that land is mentioned under the state list whereas land acquisition is under concurrent list which is why suggestions from all Chief Ministers are important.

“Looking at the significance of the Bill, we will also invite different political parties for consultations. We will try to overcome all the drawbacks in the Bill,” he mentioned.

Apart from this, suggestions from NGOs, farmer unions, industrial units are also invited for the amended draft.

JPN/Bureau