“If the opponents of the changes can open up their minds a little further, large-scale irrigation projects, cooperative and industrial farming can also be initiated through land acquisitions, giving a new lease of life to the agricultural activities of small and marginal farmers.

"It's not land acquisition, it is land acquisition for development," party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.

In a statement, she cited the amendments proposed by the government to Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act have
kept all three main tenets of this Act intact and in fact enhanced them further.

“For an ordinary citizen, the amendment Bill would be like a dream come true. We have long been complaining about the rigidity and snail’s pace involved in the past government’s bureaucracy.“ She added

The people’s grievances over decades had then been heard and the government was removing itself from places where procedures needed not be choked by its presence and was retaining its role only in the form of facilitation, she sought.

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