Berhampur (Orissa): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said Social Impact Assessment (SIA) would be done before acquisition of any land under the proposed National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011.

"The assessment will be conducted not by the concerned company or government, but by the panchayat," he told reporters here.

The government was trying to introduce the Bill in the current session of the Parliament, he said, adding that many suggestions were pouring in on the bill and some of them would be incorporated.

The government proposes to provide livelihood support to the land losers and also the persons affected by the land acquisition, the Minister said.

He said the state governments would be allowed to provide extra benefits over and above those stipulated in the proposed Act.

(Agencies)