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BJP lists farmers who want to part with land

As per the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, there is a mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent land owners for acquiring land for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private companies. But the NDA government is trying to remove the “consent” clause by amending the Bill.

Concerned over massive protest, which could have an impact in the Assembly elections in Bihar, West Bengal and UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been asking party leaders to take “good things” about the bill to farmers.

However, the government and party leaders have failed to address the issue effectively, and therefore, Modi has decided to aware farmers in his next “Mann Ki Baat” address on March 22 — the day when party President Amit Shah addresses a rally in Varanasi.

It was learnt that party’s main focus would be UP, while handling the controversial bill, where out of 70 lakh rural population nearly 75% are dependent on farming.

Former Union minister and convener of the farmer’s committee Satyapal Malik, said, “It is a myth that the bill is going to harm farmers. The consent issue is wrongly projected by the opposition leaders. We are confident that farmers will understand its benefits.”  He said, “At Barmer, there are farmers who want to give their land for a by-pass and road transport minister Nitin Gadkari is already working on it. It’s not that everybody is protesting.”
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