New Delhi: The proposed Land Acquisition Bill has caught in trap due to disagreement within UPA. The draft finalised by Group of Ministers on the controversial legislation is yet to get the Cabinet approval.

There is low possibility of passing the draft of Rahul Gandhi’s dream legislation even in the ongoing winter session due to disagreement among the UPA ministers. The draft is pending before Law Ministry for its consideration as well.

The draft Bill is unlikely to be tabled on the floor of the House during the second week of the current session as Law Ministry has not given its nod on it. However, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has been claiming that the draft will be passed in the current Winter Session.

Noticing discord among members over several provisions of the draft, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh referred the Bill to Group of Ministers (GoMs) headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for re-consideration.  

The GoMs had arrived at conclusion that the consent of two-third (67 per cent) of land owners will be mandatory for acquiring land for private purposes. But UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi pitched for tough norms for land acquisition. Hence, the proposal for consent of 80 percent farmers in acquisition was approved.

Now there has been lots of hue and cry over the legislation in the name of public interest. Jairam Ramesh said that the definition of public interest is that land will be acquired by the government. But it doesn’t mean that government will do whatever it feels like, he added.

As per the new provisions, the consent of farmers will be mandatory for the land to be acquired by the government which will give adequate compensation to the farmers for their rehabilitation.


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