Revised Land Acquisition Bill will be passed in Monsoon Session-Jairam

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NEW DELHI: The Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has reiterated that the Government should and must have a role in the land acquisition as faster industrialization and urbanization are both inevitable and desirable.

Talking to media here, a day after the Standing Committee report on the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 was tabled in the Lower House of Parliament, he said, the role of the government in the acquisition process cannot be completely eliminated as India is not a developed country.

He said, after inter-ministerial consultations, the changes, if any will be brought before the cabinet and all efforts will be made to pass the revised bill in the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament.

He said, the second cardinal principle is that Acquisition role must be governed by public purpose, which is at times met by the government organization and sometime by private companies and illustrated that in many cases the Government consciously seeks private investment for public purpose like airports and ports. Ramesh also strongly favoured that compensation should be fair and equitable, both to those whose land has been acquired and to those whose livelihoods were destroyed.

The fourth principle, the Minister added that the procedure of acquisition must be timely and transparent and the fifth and final one is that the State Governments should be given maximum flexibility. Ramesh described the above five principles as Panchsheel and said that whatever law in Parliament will be passed will facilitate Economic Growth and not hamper the development process. In reply to a volley of questions on the stand of the Parliamentary Committee on several aspects of the Bill, the Minister said, the positive recommendations of the Committee as well as suggestions of the State Governments will be incorporated in the revised bill, as he intends to do one more round of consultations with the State Governments.

He said, land acquisition for Public-Private Projects is a contentious issue but it cannot be wished away as many State governments had supported the PPP model during the pre-introduction consultations. Shri Ramesh also rejected the observation that Trinamul Congress is opposed to many provisions of the Bill and informed that he had met the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamta Banerji twice before the introduction of bill and also held wide ranging consultations with the trinamul party MP. D.Bandyopadhay.

The Minister said that at a time when investor sentiment is low and economic growth is under pressure, the Government need to quickly resolve the land acquisition law to end uncertainty.

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