New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said the amended Land Acquisition Bill will not only incorporate suitable compensation but will also ensure that there are no obstacles in the land acquiring procedure for business and other purposes.

Amid the hindrances coming in way of preparing the draft of new Land Acquisition Bill, Ramesh said they have tried to maintain a balance in the bill but it was not possible to please everyone. Ramesh has redrafted the bill which had been prepared by his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh and the draft is expected to be in the public domain in the next few days.

“We need land for development of the nation and it is equally important to keep the interest of farmers in mind,” said Ramesh here on Tuesday.

Answering a question, Ramesh said “Since we need land for nation building, it will also be required for industries and infrastructure. So we have kept these points in mind while preparing the draft.”

“We have also taken care of fertile land so that food production is not affected,” added Ramesh. He informed that before preparing the final draft, serious discussions were held with all the concerned parties.

“We have held parleys with Planning Commission and taken suggestions from National Advisory Council,” he added.

He said AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s contribution in preparation of the draft cannot be ignored.

JPN/Bureau