Govt. concerned about farmers' interests, says Gadkari
Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the government aims to provide maximum care to farmers.
"As far as the interests of the farmers are concerned, particularly rehabilitation, our party and our government has already decided not to compromise with any condition related with the beneficiaries farmers. We will definitely take maximum care for them," said Gadkari.
On Friday, Gadkari chaired a meeting with revenue secretaries and governors of various states to discuss the Land Acquisition Bill, which was introduced by pervious United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
He also stated that sections of the Land Acquisition Bill dealing with compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement would remain untouched.
The states, which participated in the meeting, included Chattisgarh, Assam, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
"Most of the ministers have said good and bad about the bill. Our government believes in the federal system. After talking to the secretaries and taking in the suggestions of the state governors, we will send a detailed report to the prime minister regarding the conference held today and based on his leadership and guidance, we will go forward with the step," added Gadkari.
The central government asked the state revenue secretaries to modernise and update their land records so that the actual owners of the land received compensation.
(Posted on 28-06-2014)