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No compromise on core of land law, says Naidu

The government will not compromise on the core of land ordinance but will consider “meaningful suggestions” to remove difficulties of farmers, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday.

Making it clear that the government’s next priority after the presentation of the Union Budget tomorrow is to convert the six ordinances into Acts, Naidu indicated that the ordinances on which there are relatively less differences could be pushed first. There are lesser differences on the Ordinances concerning e-rickshaw and citizenship.

“Replacing ordinances is the next priority of the government... We will not compromise on the core of the (land) ordinance. But is there is any practical difficulty being faced by the farmers, we will take that into account... if there are some meaningful suggestions, they will be considered,” Naidu said, ruling out the opposition charge that the land ordinance was “anti-farmer”.

At the same time, Naidu repeatedly pointed to the remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, who on Friday said that if the Opposition felt that there are still any shortcomings, he was ready for any changes in it. “Our line is same what the Prime Minister has said,” Naidu said.

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