Ramesh was the news maker of Rural Development Ministry
The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 was deferred by the Winter Session of Lok Sabha till the Budget Session next year bowing to the demand of Opposition parties.
They said that more time was needed to discuss the provisions of the bill which will have a wide ranging impact on farmers and industries.
The bill, introduced in Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament last year and was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which submitted its recommendations in May this year, provides for a fair compensation to land owners in both rural and urban areas with the stipulation that consent of 80 per cent of the people for acquiring land for private industry is necessary.
Despite Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council pushing for the law for long, the bill has been hanging fire for sometime. It was referred to a GoM in the wake of differences in the Cabinet over certain provisions.
Ramesh, as in-charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry, passionately pushed sanitation issue by launching nationwide campaign to end open defecation.
During his stint in the Ministry, he kicked up several controversies and drew flak from many quarters as he highlighted the sanitation situation in the country.
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