The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah led Congress government in Karnataka has taken a different stance from the party on the Land Bill. The Karnataka government wants the percentage of landowners whose consent is required for public-private partnership (PPP) projects to be lowered from the 70 percent to 50 percent. The state government also wants an exemption from social impact assessment (SIA) for projects for public purposes for a limited scale of acquisition, according to the Indian Express.
In its submission to the Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015, the state government states, ”SIA requirement may be exempted for land acquired for public purpose like water supply, rural infrastructure, including electrification etc to an extent of 100 acres, to expedite acquisition for such purposes”.
The Joint Committee met on Monday to take evidence from representatives of the Karnataka Government, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Ministry of Urban Development.
Karnataka Government, in yet another submission to the panel, said that legal requirements for obtaining 70 percent consent for PPP projects for infrastructure projects become very difficult and that the delay in acquisition aso delays the project.
Congress had launched a huge protest in 2015 when Prime Minister Modi attempted to change the consent and SIA clauses in the 2013 Land Bill enacted by the UPA government. The 2013 act states that consent of 80 percent of landowners had to be obtained when land was being acquired for private projects and 70 percent consent was needed for PPP projects.
NDA government’s bill wanted defence, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors and infrastructure projects to be exempted from the consent and SIA clauses, according to the Indian Express.
Sources who are part of the panel have told Indian Express that members from different parties in the panel suggest that all states should be called before the panel and asked about their experiences with the 2013 Land Bill.