President approves re-promulgation of land ordinance

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New Delhi: The re-promulgation of the controversial land ordinance has been approved by the President Pranab Mukherjee for the third time on Sunday. The ordinance could not be converted into law during the recently concluded budget session of parliament.

The Union cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had on Saturday decided to re-promulgate the ordinance, saying it was necessary for maintaining continuity and providing a framework to compensate people whose land is acquired.

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 The measure was promulgated for the first time in December last year to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The ordinance was replaced by a bill. While Lok Sabha has passed it with 10 official amendments, the government has not taken it to Rajya Sabha as it lacks numbers there.

The ordinance was re-promulgated in March this year and lapses on June 3. To re-promulgate the ordinance, the government had prorogued Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session. An amended land acquisition bill is under consideration of a joint committee of Parliament.

The fresh ordinance is a copy of the bill pending before the committee and has no new provisions or changes, the sources said.

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