Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the deadlock over land acquisition was seriously impacting rural development.
Modi remarks came as Congress chief ministers boycotted the Niti Aayog meeting called by him on Wednesday to discuss the contentious land bill.
As part of its pro-industry agenda, Modi's government has been determined to push through a land bill that seeks to exempt land purchases for certain industrial, housing and infrastructure projects from requiring the consent of 80% of landowners.
An industry-friendly land policy, along with labour reforms, is important for the government’s aim of improving India’s ease of doing business rankings and to achieving stronger economic growth. But its land bill has been stuck because the BJP does not have adequate strength in the Rajya Sabha and consensus eludes the joint select committee of Parliament that is considering the legislation, putting a question mark over its getting through in the monsoon session starting next week.
Stepping up attack on Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met farmers in Rajasthan on Thursday and assured them his party was firmly with them, and would not allow the BJP-led central government to go ahead with the “anti-farmer” land bill.