No headway on land Bill, parties to meet again

Written by feBureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 10 2013, 07:57am hrs
An all-party meeting to iron out differences on the contentious land acquisition Bill on Tuesday failed to achieve its objective. The Bharatiya Janta Party has been opposing many of the key provisions of the proposed legislation. However, representatives of all the major political parities agreed to meet on April 18, prior to the commencement of the Budget session of Parliament on April 22.

At the meeting, the government asked the parties to submit the suggestions regarding the Bill by April 15. The rural development ministry would study the suggestions and put them in the April 18 consultation.

There were two options. One was to send the Bill to the Standing Committee. The other was to settle the issues in an all-party meeting. We will hold a meeting on April 18 where the government will bring its official amendments after studying the amendments suggested by various parties," leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said.

Swaraj said the BJP has submitted 12 points of concern. She objected that the government has deleted the term SEZ and replaced it with 'manufacturing zones' in the Bill.

BJP had suggested that instead of acquisition, the land could be leased to the developer because the land will remain with the farmer and provide him with regular annual income.

The earlier Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Bill, 2011, had been renamed as 'The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill 2012'.