If Anything Found Anti-farmer, I Am Ready to Change Land Bill: PM Modi

Modi seeks opposition support for Land bill, asks them not to make it a prestige issue, says he is ready to give due credit to them.

Published: 27th February 2015 03:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2015 03:53 PM   |  A+A-


In this file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

NEW DELHI: The Indian government is ready to make changes in an executive decree it had issued to make it easier for businesses to buy farm land for infrastructure and industry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers on Friday.

"We are ready to fix anything (in the decree) that is against farmers," he said.

While the decree is aimed at unlocking hundreds of billions of dollars worth of projects stuck for want of land, opposition parties and rights activists say it discriminates against farmers.

The decree is a temporary order and needs the approval of both houses of parliament to take permanent effect. It will lapse if parliament does not ratify it in this session.

Highlights of Modi's Speech in Lok Sabha:

  • My government's only religion is 'India first', only religious book is Indian Constitution, only prayer is welfare of all: PM.
  • PM denounces communalism, says nobody has right to discriminate on basis of religion.
  • Modi seeks oppn support for Land bill, asks them not to make it a prestige issue; says he is ready to give due credit to them.
  • If there is anything against farmers in Land Act, I am ready to change; we should not be so arrogant not to correct any wrong: PM
  • PM asserts that corruption-free system can be established, asks opposition to give suggestions and "guidance"
  • Nobody having black money will be spared; We are not going to digress from this path; Don't say we are vindictive: PM
  • MNREGA will continue; it is living example of Congress' failure, says PM
  • I don't claim that whatever work has been done was done in 9 months only, says PM
  • Issue is not whether names of schemes have been changed or not, but the issue is problems which need to be addressed: PM
  • We trying to address "old" problems which we inherited, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.


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