Govt to introduce Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi: After opposition from many sectors, the Narendra Modi government is all likely to introduce the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year, which had brought changes in the earlier bill passed in 2013 by the UPA government.

After a high level meeting in the national capital on Monday night, sources said the government is likely to amend the Bill making permission from the local panchayats mandatory before acquisition. The Modi government faced flak both within Parliament and as well as from anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who began his two-day protest at Jantar Mantar on Monday over the original version of the ordinance.

The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas namely, industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

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