PM Narendra Modi Cabinet cleared a proposal to re-promulgate land ordinance

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May 31, 2015 1:13 AM

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday cleared a proposal to re-promulgate the contentious land acquisition ordinance a third time.

Narendra Modi LAND BILLNarendra Modi government had proposed easing of land takeover norms by amending the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013, passed by the previous UPA regime. (PTI)

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday cleared a proposal to re-promulgate the contentious land acquisition ordinance a third time, as amendments proposed to the land takeover law could not be passed in Rajya Sabha during the recently-concluded Parliamentary session and the issue was referred to a committee of MPs.

Narendra Modi government had proposed easing of land takeover norms by amending the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013, passed by the previous UPA regime.

The Bill to amend this law was passed by Lok Sabha in March this year, but due to stiff political opposition, could not be taken up in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling coalition is in minority. The amendments, which were implemented by way of promulgating ordinances twice since December 2014, were to expire on June 3.

These amendments seek to exempt land takeover for strategic and development projects, including defence production, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and industrial corridors, from the strict consent and social impact assessment provisions.

While Congress and Left parties call these amendments ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘pro-corporate’, Modi promised earlier in the week that suggestions from the Parliamentary committee that are in the interest of farmers, the poor and the nation would be accepted and that the amendments becoming law was just a matter of time.

“The land ordinance has been cleared again by the Cabinet to maintain continuity and we will ensure that farmers don’t face hardship on compensation,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettle- ment (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015, will facilitate farmers to get better

compensation and rehabilitation and resettlement benefits in lieu of land compulsorily acquired by the appropriate government, said an official statement.

The Cabinet committee on economic affairs, meanwhile, approved the construction of trunk infrastructure components in the first phase of the Dholera special investment region in Gujarat as part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project, among other decisions. DMIC Trust would invest R2784.83 crore as equity in the city/node SPV.

OTHER DECISIONS

RS 4,318 cr to construct trunk infra under DMIC

Nod to construction of trunk infrastructure components of Phase-1 of Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat and Phase-1 of the Shendra Bidkin Industrial Area in Maharashtra under DMIC Project. These projects are likely to be completed in three to four years

Pact between India, Sweden on MSMEs

Approval for signing of MoU between two countries to open up doors of new opportunities for domestic MSME sector by way of new markets, joint ventures, sharing of best practices and technology collaborations.

29 cities, towns upgraded for allowances

Nod to upgrade 29 cities and towns for providing higher house and transportation allowance to central government employees. The revised classification of cities would be effective from April 1, 2014 and cost the exchequer approximately R128 crore for 2014-15.

Coastal shipping between India, Bangladesh

Nod to pact on coastal shipping between India and Bangladesh to facilitate faster and cheaper cargo movement between both the nations.

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