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Govt to introduce LA bill today, braces for backlash

Govt to introduce LA bill today, braces for backlash
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The government will introduce the land acquisition amendment bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday and it may move a motion to withdraw the Insurance Bill in Rajya Sabha. The decision was taken during the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting over the Land Acquisition Bill on Monday at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. The meeting ended with suggestions of possible amendments in the Bill. Party insiders claimed that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will proceed to withdraw the Insurance Amendment Bill from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, while the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill is to be introduced in the Lok Sabha.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present during the meeting as he was at Ramayana Mela at FICCI. Sources said, apart from the Budget, the board members discussed on three important issues, including the Insurance FDI Bill, the Coal Mines Amendment Bill (which enables the allotment of mines for captive use to private companies) and the Land Acquisition Bill. Moreover, members of Ekta Parishad, an umbrella body of farmers that has joined hands with crusader Anna Hazare’s anti-land Ordinance, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday and shared their
grievances with him.

Sources said that Singh has assured them that their concerns would be “sympathetically” considered. “We will look into the genuine demands of the farmers. Our government will not do anything, which will harm the interest of farmers,” he added.

Convener Ramesh Sharma, on behalf of Ekta Parishad, met Singh at his residence. Sharma, who demanded the withdrawal of amendments to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, termed the meeting as fruitful. On the first day of the Budget session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had asked parties not to politicise the issue.
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