Lok Sabha passes Land Acquisition Bill with amendments

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New Delhi:  Parliament has passed the Land Acquisition Bill today with amendments cleared by Rajya Sabha. The bill will now go to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent before it becomes a law.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012, aims to replace a law enacted by the British in 1894. It aims to provide fair compensation to owners whose land is taken over, bring transparency to the process and lays down measures for rehabilitation of those displaced.

The bill passed by Lok Sabha on August 29 and the Rajya Sabha on September 4, was referred to the lower house to approve the three new amendments passed by the upper house.

The three Rajya Sabha amendments, related to exemptions for irrigation projects, were passed by the lower house without any discussion.

In both the houses, most parties supported the bill but gave their suggestions to make it more farmer-friendly.



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