Govt Gives Fresh Signals of Changes in Land Bill

Government gave fresh signals of making changes in the controversial Land Bill to accommodate farmers\' interest.

Published: 25th February 2015 10:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2015 10:56 PM   |  A+A-


Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu speaks to the media during the winter session of the Parliament in New Delhi (PTI File Photo)


NEW DELHI: Government today gave fresh signals of making changes in the controversial Land Bill to accommodate farmers' interest as yet another NDA constituent LJP joined others in expressing reservations over the provisions of the legislation.

The opposition kept up its pressure by walking out of Lok Sabha while Congress hit the streets in Delhi opposing the land bill and threatened to take the protests across the country.

After Shiv Sena, the LJSP headed by Ram Vilas Paswan which is part of Modi Government today voiced concerns over some of the provisions of the law and demanded more clarity from the Government.

Party MP Chirag Paswan said LJP was concerned about provisions like doing away with the consent of farmers for acquiring their land in the ordinance brought by Modi Government.

"We have objections over some measures. There are questions about the need of doing away with farmers' consent. They also will have no right to move court," he told reporters.

With Government facing pressure from within and outside, two senior ministers today said the Government was ready to deliberate on opposition suggestions and go extra mile to prevent any injustice to farmers.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said in Lok Sabha,"If there are some lacunae and drawbacks in the Land Acquisition Act, we are ready to deliberate on them. We will not let any injustice happen to farmers. We are ready to go the extra miles to strengthen the hands of farmers."

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told media that Government is open to accepting good suggestions offered by other parties.

"If people have some opinion on social impact assessment or consent clauses, we are willing to hear them," he said.

Meanwhile, sources said five senior ministers have been asked to talk to parties across spectrum to arrive at a consensus on changes that could be made in the bill.

There were reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not in favour of changes but there was no confirmation of such a view.

A senior minister said that changes, if any, could be not drastic in nature but cosmetic.

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