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Govt proposes to take land Bill for consideration in LS on Monday

Govt proposes to take land Bill for consideration in LS on Monday
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“Government is willing to take the constructive and meaningful suggestions of the Opposition on the land bill. It will incorporate them while moving the bill for passing. I hope that all parties will understand the need to pass the bill,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, he said the government proposes to take the bill for consideration in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Welcoming the passage of the long-pending insurance bill, a key economic reform legislation providing for raising foreign investment cap to 49 per cent in Lok Sabha, he said it will be passed in Rajya Sabha as well and parties will cooperate in passage of other bills to replace the ordinances.

“I am happy that Lok Sabha, with an overwhelming majority passed the Insurance Amendment Bill. We hope that it will be the same in Rajya Sabha as also with other bills on coal, mines and mineral and citizenship. All these have been passed by Lok Sabha and some of them are being taken up in Rajya Sabha.

“On Monday we propose to bring the land bill bill in Lok Sabha. We are holding discussions with leaders of various parties. Senior ministers are holding discussions,” Naidu said.

Sources said the government is planning to come forward with some amendments, which aim at addressing these concerns but made it clear that the amendments do not propose a change in the core of bill to replace the ordinance.

Worried over the “anti-farmer” pitch of the Opposition, several Union ministers have also been asked to reach out to parties and informal consultations that have already begun will continue throughout the week before a discussion on the bill begins in Lok Sabha next week.

Setting the tone for the reconciliatory approach of the government on the land bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, “If there is any provision (in the bill) going against the interest of the farmers, I have said on day one, we are ready to correct it.”

To a question on how will the government handle the situation if the measures are not supported by Congress and other Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha, Naidu said, “It’s not a question of my handling. It’s a question of political parties deciding.”

Noting that even in Lok Sabha, these are the same parties, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister claimed that 95 per cent of members in Lok Sabha supported the measures.

Skill development centres in Maoist affected areas

During the current financial year, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has provided funds to the state governments and impressed upon them for promotion of need based integrated livelihood / skill development initiatives among tribals.

There is no restriction on States/UTs for adopting PPP route for skill development centers funded by the Ministry. This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Ministry will help in diversified crops, horticulture, dairy, poultry, fisheries, apiculture, sericulture etc. with proper market linkages.

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