Opposition may stall the bill that replaces December ordinance
GN Bureau | February 24, 2015
The land acquisition bill to replace an ordinance has been introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday despite opposition crying foul. The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas — industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
The prime objection to the land acquisition ordinance has been that it removed the need for written consent from 70% of landowners for joint public-private projects.
The bill (Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015) will replace the ordinance promulgated in December last year. The ordinance had had brought changes in the earlier bill passed in 2013 by the UPA government.
Defending the ordinances in the Rajya Sabha, finance minister and leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said that any ordinance signed by the president needed to be tabled in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
He pointed out that the Congress had brought various ordinances while it was in power. He listed them with a smile and all this amid constant protests by Congress MPs.
"Lok Sabha will debate it. When the legislation comes to this house you can defend it...But you cannot prevent the Lok Sabha from debating it," Jaitley said.
Congress's Anand Sharma retaliated by saying that the party had only brought ordinances in the interest of people and not for the benefit of corporates. He alleged the BJP was trying to take away the source of income for hundreds of farmers.
"Why does the government bring out an ordinance every 27 days?...this is against the interest of the people," he said.
As other MPs began shouting to be heard, Jaitley was back on his feet asking them not to do 'bayan-baazi' before the legislation came up for hearing in the Rajya Sabha.
9.44 The irresistible force of even as powerful an idea as UBI will run into the immovable object of a resistant, pesky reality. So, what is the way forward, always remembering that the yardstick for assessment is not whether UBI can be perfect or faultless but only whether it can impr
Should action be taken against hospitals which have hiked the heart surgery cost?
The state-of-the-art corporate office of oil and natural gas corporation (ONGC), Pandit Deen Dayal Uphadhayay Urja Bhawan, in New Delhi has won leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) India ‘platinum’ award by US green building council (USGBC), the highest recognition f
Demonetisation was a factor as candidates in the fray for the Mumbai civic polls wooed people. Though the election commission doubled the expenditure limits from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, some candidates found the going hard as there was a weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000. Rs 10 lakh is way ab
Nathuram Godse, who was brought up by his parents as a girl in the first few years of his life, has been reviled for decades for fatally shooting the apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi. What Godse said during the Gandhi assassination trial has not been made public, giving rise to considerable speculation.
The first coal rake of NTPC’s Pakri-Barwadih coal mine at Hazaribagh was flagged-off by finance minister Arun Jaitley, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, union minister of state for power, coal, N&RE and mines Piyush Goyal, and minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, at Ranchi on