The New Land Acquisition Bill gets more diluted

By Accommodation Times Bureau

Group of ministers has diluted the provisions of the proposed land acquisition law to safeguard the states powers and concerns. The original draft created many differences within the cabinet.

The group of ministers has renamed the bill The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill and given only a baseline leaving it to the states to conclude the final take, depending more on urban center, distance and other factors. Also there is space to provide for higher compensation and rehabilitation package. They have surmised that the new law only enact on new acquisition. Under this revised bill, the collector will have the authority to outside the transactions that are not valuable according to him. The bill will now consider the consent of only twp thirds of land losers, but compensation and rehabilitation, resettlement will be provided to both party .i.e. land losers and livelihood losers.

The rural development minister Jairam Ramesh supporting the changes said, the states get large flexibility to fix reimbursement in rural area between two to four times market value depending on the distance from urban areas as against the original bill which mandated compensation of four times the market value.

It seems that the new land acquisition law ensures rehabilitation and transplanting the families of farmers, landless losers who are residing more than 5 years. They will also get Rs.2, 000 per month per family members for 20 years and if there is no employment each family will get a one time grant of Rs.5 lakh plus allowance of Rs. 3,000 per month.

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