Naidu bats for land bill, flays Oppn’s negative campaign

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 23:42 IST

Urging the Opposition to support the land acquisition bill, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the proposed legislation is pro-farmer and pro- rural people and the Opposition should desist from spreading a negative campaign that the proposed legislation is “harmful for farmers.”

“The government is being accused of being pro-corporate… But who will benefit from building roads, irrigation tanks and houses for the poor?” Naidu asked while speaking at the CII national conference.

Ruling out making any more amendments to the proposed law, Naidu said if the bill is not passed, the farmers will end up becoming the “biggest losers.”

He said the government was keen to speed up reforms but the same were being delayed by the dynamics of democracy.

“Agriculture and industry are like two eyes. It has become fashionable to condemn the industry. How can any country or government be anti-industry? Our government has the courage to sit with the industry for the benefit of the nation,” he said.

Stating that the land bill proposed by the government was passed with three-fourth majority in the Lok Sabha, Naidu said, “How can anybody call it bulldozing?”

On the Modi government’s ambitious plan to develop 100 smart cities, Naidu said the initiative would be cleared by the cabinet by the end of the month.

“The central government will act as a facilitator while the states and urban local bodies will have to play a key role under the scheme. Public Private Partnership will be the principle model of resource mobilisation for building smart cities in which corporates will have to play a key role,” he said.

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