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Land acquisition bill soon: Sonia

Amid a spate of controversies over land acquistion for industrial projects across the country, Congress prez Sonia Gandhi said the UPA Govt has prepared a bill for acquiring land for setting up industries.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2008 18:59 IST

Amid a spate of controversies over land acquistion for industrial projects across the country, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the UPA government has prepared a bill for acquiring land for setting up industries and hoped it will passed in Parliament soon.

"UPA government has prepared a bill for land acquisition. We hope to pass the Bill in Parliament soon", she told a rally in Dadri.

Talking about her party's stand, Gandhi said Congress was not against land acquisition for industrial growth but the farmers whose land is taken should be properly compensated and they should also be made partner in projects on the acquired land.

Gandhi did not name any specific project while talking about the land acquisition issue but was apparently referring to Singur and Dadri where such developments have got mired in controversies.

Some Congress leaders recently courted arrest here to protest against inadequate compensation to farmers in lieu of their land for a power project.