Centre may re-issue ordinance on land acquisition: Venkaiah

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu on Monday hinted that the government might re-issue the ordinance on land acquisition after it gets lapsed on April 6 saying that said there were provisions in the Constitution, including re-promulgation.

Replying to a question on the options before the government at a press conference here, he said “options and strategies are not revealed. I am not saying anything. I leave it to you” and added that there were provisions available in the Constitution as also the precedents set by the previous government.

Mr. Naidu recalled that Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad himself had stated that the ordinance could be re-issued. The Union Minister appealed to all parties to cooperate and not to blindly oppose the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill.

He urged the Opposition to come out with constructive suggestions as the government was with an open mind on the issue. There was a need for a meaningful debate, he said.

He said it was pro-poor, pro-farmer and would reduce poverty by ensuring faster development.

Listing out various benefits of the Bill, he said the compensation amount to farmers would be four times higher than the market value. Employment would be given


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