Kolkata: After the preliminary approval from West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Land Acquisition Bill, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that drafted bill may be modified as per the suggestion Trinamool Congress (TMC).

“There are specific points which need to be clarified,” Ramesh said after his parleys with Rajya Sabha member Debabrata Bandopadhyay, also a former bureaucrat considered Banerjee's adviser on land related matters. According to sources, TMC has been working on the land policy.

Ramesh said there was not much difference of an opinion between the Union government and the Trinamool Congress on the draft.

An issue raised in the meet was in context to the clarity on land acquisition by government for private company for private purposes. On this Bandopadhyay said, “We have defined the seven page suggestion on land acquisition for public purpose.”  

While giving assurance to Bandopadhyay, Ramesh said that bill would define the relevant clause.

After the deliberations, Ramesh had said Banerjee appeared in favour of the approach of the bill which has proposed minimum land acquisition'.

Banerjee said the new draft of Land Acquisition Bill prepared by the Union government was much more positive than the previous one. The Chief Minister added that she would give her views in a few days after thoroughly studying the document.

The Union Minister, who flew into the city on Saturday, explained the National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 to Banerjee. The CM said that state government has also made a new land policy that clearly mentions that land would not be forcefully acquired.

Both had a discussion on land acquisitions in exceptional projects of defence, national security and railways, which are essentially public utility services.

(JPN/Agencies)