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Bill to amend law on govt buying immovable property introduced

A bill providing for amendment to the regulations governing compensation amount payable at the time of acquisition of immovable property by the central government was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The 'Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017' was introduced by Minister of State for Planning, Programme Implementation and Statistics Rao Inderjit Singh.
It was orginally to be introduced by M Venkaiah Naidu, who resigned as Urban Development Minister yesterday after being nominated as a candidate for the Vice Presidential polls.
The bill seeks to amend the provision to allow the central government to re-issue the notice of acquisition in order to ensure that the property's owner gets an opportunity to be heard.
It has been introduced amid instances of persons interested in a property challenging the acquisition move citing that they were not given the opportunity for personal hearing.
According to the government, there could be situations that result in prolonged litigations and if the apex court quashes the notice of acquisition, there might be astronomical hike in compensation amount on account of market value appreciation.
Against this backdrop, the bill seeks to amend a section of the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Act to "enable the central government to re-issue the notice of acquisition to the owner or such other person interested in the property, for the purpose of giving (an) opportunity of being heard".
The owner or the person interested in the property would also be entitled to annual rate of interest -- prevalent at any relevant time on the compensation payable -- from the date of publishing the first notice till payment of the final compensation.
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