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Govt holding talks with TC on land acquisition bill

With the Land Acquisition Bill being one of its key priorities, the government has initiated talks with its coalition partner Trinamool Congress which has reservations over certain provisions of the proposed law.

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2010 18:44 IST

With the Land Acquisition Bill being one of its key priorities, the government has initiated talks with its coalition partner Trinamool Congress which has reservations over certain provisions of the proposed law.

"Our top leadership is seized with the matter and is discussing it (the issue of bringing the bill) with coalition partner Trinamool Congress," government sources said on Wednesday.

Any step to re-introduce the bill in Parliament will be taken only after issues relating to some of its provisions are settled with the Trinamool, they said.

The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007, which seeks to bring changes in the Land Acquisition Act, 1994, is being withheld owing to strong opposition by Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

"The matter has been taken up at the highest level now. There is way out of every problem in democracy," sources said when asked whether she will agree to the re-introduction of the Bill in Parliament.

According to sources, Banerjee has been opposed to a provision in the bill which provides for private developers to acquire 70 per cent of land for a proposed industrial project directly from farmers and land owners.

The Trinamool Congress chief, who was in the forefront of agitations in Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal on the issue of land acquisition, had strongly demanded penal provisions to check use of money and muscle power by private developers while acquiring land from farmers.