The government made 28 major amendments in the long-pending land bill and even included proposals from the Opposition parties but it failed to appease them as they demanded more sops for the farmers.
In the debate on the land bill in Lok Sabha on Monday, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh pointed out several instances how the concern of the Opposition has been addressed.
BJP president Rajnath Singh demanded that farmers should get a better compensation package when the government acquires land invoking “emergency clause”. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that only barren lands should be allowed for industrial use and demanded farmers should get whatever they demand. He said the proposed legislation would “ruin” and “devastate” farmers.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, however, struck a different note and pointed out the need to control increase in population as more heads will lead to higher demand for land.