GoM meet on Land Acquisition Bill remains inconclusive
MDT/PTI 08 October 2012

The meeting of the GoM on Land Acquisition Bill remained divided over the issue of retrospective acquisitions and the consent required from land owners

New Delhi: The meeting of a Group of Minister (GoM) on Land Acquisition Bill on Monday remained divided over the issue of retrospective acquisitions and the consent required from land owners with Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar saying two-three meetings are required to finalise the bill, reports PTI.


During the last meeting too, the same issues had divided the members of the GoM headed by Pawar.


"No final view on retrospective clause could happen. We have not taken any final call on the suggestion that consent of two-third people will be required," a source familiar with the development said.


In Monday's meeting, some Ministers also demanded to retain the original clause of seeking consent of 80% of people (land owners) for acquiring land.


The 80% clause was earlier changed to seeking the consent of two-third (66%) of the land owners for making such acquisitions.


Talking to reporters after the meeting, Pawar said, "Two or three more meetings are needed for finalising the bill."


He said all the issues will be settled and the bill will be finalised in two or three more meetings.


"All ministers except Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia were present in the meeting. It (more meetings) will get done before this week," the sources said.


The first meeting of the GoM on the Land Acquisition Bill last month had witnessed a strong demand by some members for retaining a window of retrospective application which was done away with earlier.


The meeting had discussed threadbare the contentious clause of prospectively in the Bill and a question of Rehabilitation and Resettlement package on par with the Land Acquisition bill for the affected parties in mineral-rich forest areas.


Considering the protest from the industries and other infrastructure Ministries, the Rural Development Ministry has said it has made changes in the controversial clause which had said that the Bill would apply retrospectively.


According to this clause, the Bill would be applicable to all cases of land acquisition before the date of commencement of the Act if the award under the 1894 Act has not been made.

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