Turn around comes after allies and opposition make it tough and worries over other important bills
GN Bureau | February 25, 2015
While the government keeps a brave face on land acquisition bill even as it tries to open a window of accommodation, the BJP has formed a committee to look into farmer's concerns.
Parliamentary affairs minister Venkiah Naidu told reporters outside Parliament on Wednesday morning that the party has shown willingness to debate the legislation and the opposition should face it instead of running away from discussing it.
He also said that the party had always shown willingness to incorporate any suggestions in connection with the law.
However, on Tuesday prime minister Narendra Modi had asked the party's MPs to bust the 'myths' surrounding the amendments to the land acquisition bill and defend it aggressively in Parliament.
But in the face of opposition from allies Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP was forced to show willingness to modify the legislation to incorporate farmers' suggestions in it.
It has formed a eight-member committee to seek farmers' suggestions on the bill. Former Union Minister Satyapal Malik is the convener of the committee which comprises seven party MPs, including Malik, and has a chartered accountant too. The committee is to hold discussions with farmers and other organisations on land acquisition.
BJP has been refuting the charge that the land bill brought by the government was “anti-farmer” and claimed that “long-term interests” of the agriculturists had been kept in mind while preparing the draft.
“Opposition parties like Congress, Trinamool, Samajwadi Party and BSP have been carrying out a relentless campaign to create an impression that the ordinance is anti-farmer. We want to make it clear that contrary to their claims, the provisions in the ordinance will provide huge long-term benefits to the farmers of the country,” BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters here.
He said one of the points on which the ordinance has been called anti-farmer was doing away with the clause which entitled the farmers to get their land back in the event of the project for which it was acquired not getting completed within five years.
“This was necessary as washing hands off projects by returning the land to farmers was earning us a world-wide dubious reputation of India becoming a country of unfinished projects”, Singh said.
Despite all the brave talks and symbolism, the government may have to bend in order to ensure other legislation gets a clear path in the Rajya Sabha along with the land bill as it lacks majority in this upper house.
Most of us have paid at least one visit to a health facility. It is easy to identify quality care when we receive it – an attentive doctor, a responsive team of health workers, adherence to hygiene and safety protocols, and so on. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to high quality care, a situati
Published ahead of World TB Day (24 March 2019), The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis estimates that there are significant financial benefits of reducing TB mortality. With the country shouldering one-fourth of the global burden and a predominant number of patients accessing care in the private sector, th
India is unhappier than ever before. The United Nation`s World Happiness report 2019 has ranked India at the 140th position from the previous 133 in 2018, dropping seven spots in just a year and 23 positions since 2015. Out of the total 156 countries that were covered, India`s
Releasing a booklet on the railways achievements in the last five years, railways minister Piyush Goyal may have painted a rosy picture, but that does not subtract from its many troubles, chief among which is its worsening operating ratio. The ratio is of working expenses to tr
SAIL has rolled out stainless steel smart garbage bins, which will display signals to the collection vehicle about the ‘fill-up’ position. A smart garbage station will be set up at Bhikaji Cama Place, which is being developed by SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporati
Prime minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated a civil enclave at Hindon airport in Ghaziabad. The development of new civil enclave at Hindon airport is aimed at reducing the burden of Delhi’s IGI Airport and will also serve the passengers from Delhi NCR and Uttar Pradesh. Hindon