Opposition-backed bandh unsuccessful, says Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

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Ranchi | Published: July 5, 2018 11:08:55 PM

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the bandh sponsored by opposition against amendments in the land acquisition act was "unsuccessful".

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, JHARKHAND, RAGHUBAR DASJharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das (PTI)

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the bandh sponsored by opposition against amendments in the land acquisition act was “unsuccessful” and that the people rejected their “anti-development” agenda.

He enlisted the “benefits” of his government amending the 2013 Land Acquisition Act including that it ensures the people get compensation expeditiously.

He claimed the people rejected the dawn-to-dusk bandh sponsored by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress, the RJD, the JVM against the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Jharkhand Amendment) Act, 2017 (Jharkhand Act-07/2018).

The state government had brought an amendment in the 2013 Land Acquisition Act, through a bill passed in the Jharkhand Assembly in August, 2017. The bill had done away with the impact assessment clause to allow government-sponsored developmental projects.

“There is right to criticize in a democracy. Every person and every party has different views. And the opposition view is anti-development. As per my information, the people of the state made the bandh unsuccessful,” Das told a press conference here.

He said the people of the state are pro-development and all parties should be so even as they may have differences. “If negative views remain, then the people will teach them a lesson in the 2019 elections.”

The chief minister said the government has simplified the Act so that the people giving land would not have to wait for two years or two-and-a-half years to get compensation.

“Now they will get compensation in eight months,” Das said, adding the gazette notification to the amendment in the Act was issued on June 29.

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