Farmers’ interest paramount: Prez Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi | Published: February 24, 2015 1:22:14 AM

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the Centre attaches paramount importance to safeguarding...

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the Centre attaches paramount importance to safeguarding interests of farmers and families affected by land acquisition even as anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare launched a two-day agitation in the Capital against the ordinance on the Land Acquisition Bill, terming it as “anti-farmer”, and the Opposition is planning to corner the government in Parliament on the same. The Congress issued a notice later in the day for suspension of Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

In his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, whose Budget session began on Monday, Mukherjee said the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act will take utmost care to protect the interest of farmers, including their compensation entitlements.

He added that the Act has been suitably refined to minimize procedural difficulties in acquisition of land inevitably required for critical public projects of infrastructure and for creation of basic amenities like rural housing, schools and hospitals, mainly in remote areas.

Without elaborating on the changes in the ordinance, the President in his address, which is mandatory at the start of the first session, sought from all MPs cooperation and mutual accommodation. He said the government will endeavour for smooth conduct of legislative business and enactment of progressive laws, which reflect the will and aspirations of the people, in Parliament.

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