DELHI: The Modi cabinet on Saturday decided to pass the Land Acquisition Ordinance for the third time after failing to get the parliamentary approval for the critical reform headed by the Prime Minister. 

The meeting gave an approval to amend the Rights to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015. The ordinance would be passed for the third time as it was first time promulgated in December last year to alter the Act passed during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2013

Narendra Modi today stated that the legislation is not a ‘matter of life or death for me’ and he is geared up for suggestions dropping in.

“This is not a matter of life or death for me. And neither was it the agenda of my party or the government,” he said.

Responding strongly to the jibe taken by Congress Vice-President that Modi’s government was a ‘suit boot ki sarkar’, PM Modi said, “Suit boot is definitely more acceptable than suitcase. After ruling for 60 years, the Congress has suddenly remembered the poor. People of this country have suffered and remained poor due to shortsighted policies of the Congress.”

Further hitting out at the former ruling party, Modi said, “Did the coal and spectrum scandals or the CWG fiasco benefit the poor? Everyone knows who were the beneficiaries — some chosen industrialists and contractors.”

Further speaking to the reporters about the controversy around the ‘One-Rank, One-Pension’ issue, Prime Minister said, “We are committed to OROP, but we are in consultation with defence personnel regarding the definition of OROP. Our government is here for five years and we cannot do anything without consulting the people concerned. The dialogue is being actively pursued. There is no need to have any doubt on this.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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