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GoM gives green light to Land Acquisition Bill

Posted on Oct 16, 10:43PM | UNI

The ministerial panel headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today gave final shape to the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in its third meeting.

The draft report will now be sent to the Cabinet for its nod.

"We succeeded in bringing some understanding on issues on which there were different views," said GoM chairman Sharad Pawar.

In a recent interview, Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said that the Bill is almost ready and it will be ready to be presented before the Cabinet after one more sitting of the 14-member Group of Ministers (GoM).

Mr Chidambaram and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia could not attend the last meeting of the GoM, which saw differences on certain clauses including on retrospective acquisitions and consent required from land owners.

During the first meeting also, the same set of issues had divided the members of the GoM.

In its last meeting, members had aired differences over the government's role in acquiring land for private parties.

Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy were learnt to have supported the idea of government helping private players during land acquisition.

The 80 per cent clause was earlier changed to the one seeking the consent of two-thirds (66 per cent) of the land owners for making such acquisitions.