Citizens' Issues
Quantum of land losers' consent may go up in Land Acquisition Bill

Sources said Sonia Gandhi is not in favour of the GoM's proposal that consent of two-third of 'land losers' and instead supports earlier proposal which asks for 80% land losers' consent 

New Delhi: The Land Bill finalised by the Group of Ministers (GoM) is expected to undergo some more changes, particularly on the percentage of land losers' consent required for acquiring land, apparently at the insistence of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, reports PTI.
The draft bill will go to the Union Cabinet where these changes could be made, sources said.
The Cabinet would decide whether consent of 67% or 80% of owners is needed for acquiring land for private projects, they said.
Sources said Sonia Gandhi was not in favour of the GoM's proposal that consent of two-third of "land losers" (from whom land would be purchased) would be needed for acquiring land for public-private-partnership and private projects.
She supports the earlier proposal which says that 80% land losers' consent be needed before land could be acquired, they said and added that the issue will now be decided by the Union Cabinet.
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar-led GoM had to overcome sharp differences on this issue before clearing the long-delayed controversial Bill in its third meeting on 16th October.
The government had constituted the GoM about a month ago after some ministers voiced strong reservations against certain provisions of the Bill at the Cabinet meeting.
The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 was introduced in Parliament in September last year and was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which submitted its recommendations in May.
The Bill has been hanging fire even though the National Advisory Council headed by Gandhi has been pushing for the law and has framed its broad contours.


You are in queue - Airtel tells RAW on tapping of phones

Intelligence agency RAW complained to the DoT about the 'unacceptable' approach by Bharti Airtel of not following their instructions for intercepting some telephone numbers

New Delhi: A barrage of requests by security agencies to Bharti Airtel for telephone tapping led it to say a polite no even to the India's premier external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), reports PTI.


The request by RAW to Bharti Airtel for lawful interception of some telephone numbers came even as the telecom company was flooded with similar pleas by several agencies.


A letter from Arun K Sinha, a joint secretary-rank officer in RAW, complained to the Department of Telecom (DoT) about the "unacceptable" approach of the telecom service provider of not following the instruction with regard to interception of some telephone numbers.


Though the telecom company replied that the targeted telephone numbers will be put on tapping "once (they) get the space", RAW protested saying "this is an unacceptable situation in the context of our national security."


The telecom company was not only directed to comply with the demand of the RAW, which it eventually did on priority basis, but it was also asked to explain the circumstances after which they furnished a reply to the intelligence agency.


When contacted, Bharti Airtel spokesperson said "as a policy, we do not comment on matters related to national security."


Over 9,500 phones are being lawfully tapped in various states out of which nearly 4,500 phones were intercepted during the month of August whereas more than 5,000 phones were already being tapped.


Out of this, RAW is monitoring only 10 phones.


Thane police book Nagrik Sahakari Bank chairman and manager for fraud

The chairman and manager of Bhiwandi-based Nagrik Sahakari Bank got passbooks printed but never paid the money to the printer and instead used it for their benefits 

Thane: The Thane police have booked the chairman of Nagrik Sahakari Bank and its manager from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane district on charges of fraud, reports PTI.
Police inspector BA Kadam of the Bhiwandi police station who is investigating the case said that the chairman Mohamad Ismail Abdul Hanif and manager Sirish S Naik of the Nagrik Sahakari Bank had swindled money under the pretext of making payment for printing stationery.
The complaint by Kamil Jahiruddin Karale, a businessman, said that the duo had showed in November 2010 that they had received 25,000 passbooks of savings accounts printed from one Vrushali Printers in Thane city.
They showed a payment of Rs1.3 lakh as having been made to the printer, but instead used it for their benefits and never really paid the printer, the complainant alleged. He also added that the payment on the name of printer was in fact, drawn by the duo.
The police have booked them under Sections 420, 406 read with Section 34 of the IPC, the police said, and added that the duo have not been arrested so far.


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