No consensus on Land Acquisition Bill, next meet on April 18

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 09, 2013 11:00 hrs

An all party meet convened to reach a consensus on the Land Acquisition Bill remained inconclusive on Tuesday with no headway being made at all.

"Parties are in agreement. And more suggestion will come in four days. Another meeting will be held on April 18," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told media after the meeting.

"As far as land acquisition bill is there. It is a very old bill. There should be a mutual consent on that. The Government has decided that all the parties should put forth their views. In next they will try for a mutual consent,' said NCP leader Praful Patel.

The meeting, which was convened by Kamal Nath, attended by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, MOS of Parliamentary Affairs and planning Rajiv Shukla.

Senior leaders of political parties including BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, Revati Reman Singh of the Samajwadi party, D. Raja (CPI), Sivanand Tewari, JDU, Praful Patel were also among those attended the meeting.

The Bill seeks a fair compensation to land owners in both rural and urban areas. The meeting takes place as no consensus could be reached in the March 7 meet.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill has been cleared by the cabinet and will soon go to Parliament.

The long-awaited land Bill seeks to address problems of the industry regarding acquisition of land for setting up green field projects.

In the March 7 meeting, the government had decided to send the draft of the proposed legislation to the leaders concerned for perusal and discuss their suggestions in the next meeting.

The "Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011' was tabled in the Parliament last year and was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee which submitted its recommendations in May 2012. (ANI)

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