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Govt examining land act provisions to fix states’ concerns: Min

Some state governments and other stakeholders have raised “concerns” about some provisions in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, enacted last year during the erstwhile UPA regime.

The states are concerned about provisions of the Act including mandatory Social Impact Assessment in all cases of land acquisition and consent requirement in case of acquisition for private companies and public-private partnership projects, the minister said.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Singh said the states are also concerned about provisions of the Act including special powers in case of urgency to acquire land, development of cultural wasteland in lieu of acquisition of multi-cropped irrigated land and rehabilitation and resettlement provisions in case of purchase through private negotiations, retrospective clause, etc.

“These are being examined,” the minister said.

The Land Acquisition Act, enacted during the erstwhile UPA regime with the then opposition BJP supporting it, seeks to set a fair compensation for farm land being taken over for industrial projects.

Industries have complained that the law has made land acquisition very difficult, affecting speedy implementation of projects.
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