"Obstructing the land acquisition, fair compensation, and rehabilitation Bill means obstructing the growth of the country. One has to understand this that the country wants growth," said Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said at a CII event here.
"Rural boys and girls want job opportunities...approval is needed even for irrigation projects. Employment for the affected families is made mandatory which was not earlier there (in the Bill)," he said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the big challenge is going to be passing the amendments to the land law. "...the big challenge is also going to be passing the amendments to the land law. I firmly believe, that the 2013 land law is hugely detrimental to rural India and I am particularly reemphasising the point. It is the most unfriendly piece of legislation as far as rural India is concerned," he said.

In fact an incorrect assurance was given in Parliament that irrigation projects would be kept out, he said, adding that there is no land availability for irrigation.
Amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 have been approved by the Lok Sabha but could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha as the ruling NDA does not have a majority in the upper house.
However, pending the passage of the amendment Bill by Parliament, the Ordinance was re-promulgated to ensure continuity in legislation. Opposition parties are against the Bill in present form and have been opposing it within and outside Parliament.

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