Centre to table Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha today, reaches out to Opposition

| Monday, March 9, 2015 - 09:39
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New Delhi: The controversial Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill is expected to be taken up in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Facing fire from the opposition over amendments to the Land Bill, the Narendra Modi government is learnt to have restricted the definition of a private body which acquires land for its projects. The government has indicated to the Opposition that it would move an official amendment replacing the term 'private entity' with 'private enterprise'.

The move seeks to restrict those in the private sector who plan to acquire land. There were worries that a private individual may pass off as a 'private entity' to acquire land, for say a college or an institution.

Sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will interact with leaders of political parties in Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.

While the UPA's Act of 2013 stated that land can be acquired for private companies, the NDA ordinance and the subsequent bill introduced on February 26 in Lok Sabha replaced the term 'private company' with private entity.

A private entity is an entity other than a government entity, and could include a proprietorship, partnership, company, corporation, non-profit organisation, or other entity under any other law.

Eight hours have been allotted for the discussion on the controversial amendment Bill. Parliamentary sources said the discussions will begin on Monday in Lok Sabha and may continue on Tuesday as well.

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