Proposed amendment in Land acquisition bill to pave way for India’s development: Dr Raman Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the meeting

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh today said that the proposed amendment in the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 will pave way for India’s progress and development. He asserted that the existing act has been hampering the development process of the country and the proposed amendment will open up new avenues of growth for states like Chhattisgarh where average in national highways, railways and irrigation was less than the national average.

In the meeting called to discuss the proposed amendments in the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, Dr Raman Singh hailed full support to amendments in land acquisition bill and said that projects, which are vital to national security, development of rural infrastructure, affordable housing for poor, setting up of industrial corridors and infrastructure projects, have been exempted from taking approval from the affected families under section 10 (A) of the amendment bill. He said that the proposed amendment will be in larger public interest as these projects will contribute in generating employment opportunities, strengthening financial development and creating welfare schemes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the meeting attended by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, various union ministers and chief ministers of states. Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh said that interest of the affected people will be protected, as provision of accessing social effect of the project before acquiring land will not be omitted from the amendment bill. He said that the definition of ‘affected families’ has been amended in the bill, bringing in farm labourer, whose land has been acquired, under the category of affected families and ensuring rehabilitation for them.

Welcoming the amendment of holding hearings for settlement of objections against land acquisition award in the district where the land acquisition has taken place, Chief Minister said that the new mechanism will benefit farmers. Terming amendment in provision of returning the acquired land if not used in five years as ‘practical’, Dr Singh said that the provision in 2013 act was very ‘impractical’ as sometimes projects get delayed due to reasons beyond control of state governments or investors.

Dr Singh also supported amendment in various laws enabling similarity in fixing compensation for acquired land. He said that the Centre has tried to create a balance between development and process with the help of land bill and also ensured interest of farmers. The bill focuses on easing difficulties of farmers whose land has been acquired and getting them higher compensation for the land, he added. Chief Minister praised the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the country will now achieve new heights of development. Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand was present at the meeting.


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