Lok Sabha passes Land Bill, brushes Opposition protests aside
NEW DELHI: The Lok
Sabha on Tuesday finally passed the Land Acquisition Bill, which is under
attack from farmer and civil society activists, brushing aside protests by the
legislation removes the need for obtaining the consent of landowners and
carrying out Social Economic Assessment (SIA) for acquiring land under certain
The Right to Fair
Compensation, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition,
Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2015, was passed after nine amendments
brought by the government.
The Congress, the
Samajwadi Party and the Left walked out before the voting took place. The Biju
Janata Dal, which withdrew amendments moved by it, also staged a walkout. NDA
ally Shiv Sena too abstained from voting on the bill.
The new bill replaces
an ordinance promulgated in December. The ordinance had amended the 2013 bill
passed by the UPA government. The bill will now be taken up by the Rajya Sabha
where the Narendra Modi government is in a minority.
“We strongly oppose
prevision in this bill and we will continue to oppose it in Rajya Sabha,”
Congress leader Kamal Nath told media after the bill was passed.
“It is a black day for
Parliament considering the manner in which they (NDA) bulldozed it. The new
bill is taking away the real impact of the 2013 bill which was passed during
the UPA II regime,” Veerappa Moily of Congress said.
Addressing media, Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the land bill takes the interest of
farmers in to full consideration. “Let the Opposition say whatever they want to
say,” Singh added. “The nine amendments that were put in place are proof enough
that it is a pro-farmer bill,” Ch Birender Singh, another BJP leader said.
“The urgency that the
Narendra Modi government is showing for bills shows that its pay-back time for
him - to pay back for the financial backing that he received during elections,”
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said.