New Delhi: Facing heat over the land row in a Greater Noida village, the UPA government is mulling over bringing an Ordinance to douse the flames over land acquisition before it comes with the Amendment Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament.

The Rural Development Ministry has called for a meeting of all political parties next week to discuss the provisions of Land Acquisition Bill.

On the question of introducing Ordinance on land acquisition, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said, “I will not rule out the possibility. If it is necessary we will introduce the ordinance.”

“The government was eager to introduce Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in the Budget Session, but the session ended early,” he added.

Chidambaram, who was addressing a news conference, said the amendment draft will be introduced in Monsoon Session.

“There is a need for amendment on the proposed Draft Bill. We have been taking suggestion from concerned people. Whatever provision will be made, that will be in the interest of farmers,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh held a meeting to discuss the necessary amendments in the Bill. He discussed the provisions with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh. Deshmukh has also called for a meeting on May 20 to discuss amendments on the Draft Bill.

Only those people will be called in the meeting who gave their suggestions in writing regarding the changes to be made in the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, he added.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal said a consensus has emerged on the Bill among the alliance partners of UPA, adding that Congress leader Digvijay Singh has already held discussion in this regard with Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee.

Banerjee has agreed with the Draft Bill. Everyone wants benefit of farmers and there is no obstacle on the path of Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, Bansal added.

JPN/Bureau