Open fury forces PM Narendra Modi to retreat over Land ordinance

By: | Published: February 24, 2015 9:34 AM

PM Narendra Modi retreats in face of furious opposition to Land ordinance which has been tagged anti-farmer.

Budget 2015, budget session, Land Act, Land Act ordinanceNarendra Modi?s government is racing against time to convert the six ordinances into bills in the first part of the Budget session, which comes to an end on March 20. (PTI)

The bill to replace the contentious land acquisition ordinance will be introduced in Lok Sabha today against which the opposition parties have serious reservations.

Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh will introduce the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year, which had brought changes in the earlier bill passed in 2013 by the UPA government.

The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas — industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is holding a discussion on it with senior ministers amid indication that the government could revisit some of the provisions in the ordinance promulgated.

Meanwhile, setting in motion the process of replacing ordinances relating coal mines, e-rickshaws and FDI in insurance with fresh bills, the government has listed for the withdrawal of old bills in Rajya Sabha.

Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal will move for withdrawal of these bills.

Narendra Modi’s government is racing against time to convert the six ordinances into bills in the first part of the Budget session, which comes to an end on March 20.

The governemnt will also introduce a bill in Lok Sabha to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, which will replace the ordinance promulgated on the issue recently.

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