BJP’s proposed land acquisition law highly retrograde: Harsh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 7: Expressing grave concern over the proposed move of the BJP Government at the Centre to have the ordinance on land acquisition confirmed in the Parliament, Harshdev Singh, JKNPP chairman and former Minister has described the proposal as highly retrograde and obnoxious.
He said that the law on land Acquisition passed by the Parliament in 2013 which was called as Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (LARR Act), mandated the consent of at least 80% of the affected land owners, provision of 2 to 4 times of market rate as compensation with a necessity of Social Impact Assessment (SIA), had received nationwide appreciation as well as Farmers’ support.
Singh said that replacement of the said Act by an ordinance which now is sought to be confirmed in the Parliament is highly reprehensible as it seeks to delete the provisions relating to bar on acquisitions by the State for the purposes of establishing private hospitals and educational institutions.
“Deleting of the clauses requiring the prior consent of 80% of the affected land owners as well as Social impact Assessment (SIA) has created a great unrest in the country with several political and social organizations coming out openly in opposition besides the outrage against the bill assuming alarming proportions”, he added.
He regretted that BJP in its desperation to appease the investors had antagonized the entire farming community across the length and breadth of the country.
Strongly flaying the Central Government for its pro corporate and anti-farmer policies, Harshdev Singh said that the Saffron Party must realize that the pulse of the nation is completely against the controversial ordinance proposed to be transformed into law.
He further sought the extension of the 2013 Act to J&K State so as to ensure that the land owners of J&K are not robbed of their valuable holdings.

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