New Delhi: Under pressure from few states, the Union Government is likely to soften its strict stand on the proposed restriction on acquisition of irrigated and multi-crop lands. There has been clear indications about the Union Government providing some relief in it’s proposed draft for the Land Acquisition.

Introducing the revised draft bill, Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said, “The bill is expected to be presented before the Cabinet in the first week of September. After the law comes into existence, it will also be implemented on the disputed lands which were acquired under section 11 of Land Acquisition Act, 1894 but the owners did not take the compensation.”

He pointed out, “Though the issue of acquisition of multi-crop lands has not been taken up in the revised draft, permission in this regard can be given with certain terms and conditions.”

“The new law will also be applicable on the lands which have not been occupied by the concerned parties,” Ramesh added.

Meanwhile, regarding the rehabilitation and resettlement package, the limit will be 100 acres for rural areas and 50 acres for urban areas.

At places having provision for land in lieu of acquired land, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category would be provided five acres of land in return of one acre acquired land.

Also, in case of the government being unable to provide a job in exchange of land, a compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be paid to the land owner. Previously, the amount approved for the process was Rs 2 lakh.

Under the new bill, the government projects on power plants, Railways, ports and irrigation have been termed as those of public interest.

(JPN/Bureau)