The Government will bring some more changes in Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. There would be about none amendments in the bill, which will replace the old one that lapses on April 5.

One of the clauses would be a consent clause strictly for landowners. Another amendment is limiting land to be acquired for industrial corridors without consent to one kilometer on either side of highways and railway lines. It also guarantees a job to a member of the affected families.

The 2013 Act hindered acquiring of even a hectare for small development projects like schools, hospitals and irrigation projects. Lack of development hampered job creation and farmers were forced to commit suicide. The amendments in the land act is to be made more farmer -friendly.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam told the Assembly that his party had supported the Narendra Modi government’s land Bill only after the amendments suggested by it against land acquisition for private hospitals and colleges were accepted by the Union government. The act 2013 is expected to bring development to villages.

The Bill that was passed by the Lok Sabha, however, will be null and void once the new ordinance is comes into force. The government on Saturday called an end to its ongoing session to facilitate issuing of the ordinance.

Source : Business Standard