The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to an order issued by government on August 28 to extend the provisions of compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement available to farmers under the 2013 Land Acquisition Act to 13 other central laws as well.
The controversial issue of land ordinance, which was allowed to lapse on August 31, was also briefly discussed at the meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which views were exchanged on the feedback from grassroot after the lapse of the ordinance.
Sources said that the Prime Minister was keen to know what was the reaction of farmers to the two land ordinance- related decisions taken by government in the last one week.
Some ministers, according to the sources, said the decision to allow the ordinance to lapse was the right move in the backdrop of the “misinformation campaign” by opposition parties and some NGOs on the issue, which was unnecessarily creating “perception problems” for government.
“Some decision has been taken. A discussion happened…,” Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said at the Cabinet briefing when asked whether land ordinance was discussed in the cabinet meeting and whether government gave the ex-post facto approval to the order it had issued on August 28.
Giving up the ordinance route, the government had last week issued an order to ensure that farmers, whose land is acquired under 13 other central laws, continue to get the benefits of relief, rehabilitation and compensation available to them under the Land Acquistion Act of 2013.
The order issued by government under the removal of difficulties clause (Section 113) in the Land Act extended the provisions relating to the determination of compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement to all cases of land acquisition under 13 central laws which were left out in the 2013 law.
By using the clause, government did away with the need to issue the controversial land ordinance for a record fourth time. The ordinance finally lapsed on August 31, six weeks after the commencement of the monsoon session of parliament on July 21.