New Delhi: The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday proposed the same formula for the Land Acquisition Act which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had rejected prior to the Assembly polls.

According to the NAC proposal, a written consent of 75 per cent of the farmers will be required for acquiring their land for development projects. And the government will acquire only 25 per cent of the land for the private companies.

Besides, the NAC agreed over giving farmers six times the registered value of their land as compensation.

Notably, the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee before the West Bengal Assembly polls had stalled the proposed Act to be brought at the Centre. Bringing the wave of change following land battle which she began with Singur and Nandigram, Mamata was pressing the land acquisition only after the 100 per cent consent from the farmers.

However, the Finance Minister had tried to sort out the issue suggesting the 70-30 ratio for acquiring any land. Under the proposed bill, the limit of state's role in acquiring land for private companies was 30 percent, after the latter have acquired 70 per cent of the required land on their own.

However, taking note of the sensitivity of the Bengal Assembly elections, Mamata had applied veto against the proposed law.

With the WB elections over and against the backdrop of the farmers' stir in Greater Noida, Sonia-led NAC geared up for the land acquisition bill.

At its meeting chaired by Gandhi here on Wednesday, the NAC reached a consensus that all land transfers for public purposes must come under the purview of this law and that land owners may get six times the registered value of their land as compensation if it is acquired for development projects like dams and highways.

Talking about the issues on land acquisition, Harsh Mander, one of the NAC members, and convenor of the Working Group on Land Acquisition and Resettlement and Rehabilitation said, “The Council has come up with its suggestions.”

According to the sources, one of the recommendations of NAC included consent from the government even for acquiring land for public purpose. 

The NAC also suggested that instead of giving one-time payment, the amount should be paid in installments to the land owners.

JPN/Bureau