Amendment in land acquisition bill is wrong: Himachal CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jan 07, 2015 20:29 IST

Even as the Congress party plans a nation- wide protest against Centre's ordinance amending Land Acquisition Act, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said he could comment only after studying it. The chief minister, however, said that the ordinance route taken by the government was totally wrong.

“I haven't studied it yet. It has been passed by union cabinet, but the ordinance route is definitely wrong,” Virbhadra told Hindustan Times on sidelines of 13th meeting of Gorkha Kalyan Board.

The Congress is opposing the ordinance alleging that it dilutes the key provisions of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, and will pave way for forcible land acquisition, excess land acquisition, diversion of land for purposes other than it was acquired and acquisition of multi-cropped land.

At a meeting of the party general secretaries held on Monday, the party had decided that all states would hold demonstrations and other forms of agitations, including “Chetna Abhiyan” (awareness campaign) among farmers from February 15 informing them of the “dangers” of the ordinance on the land bill.

However, the government rubbishes the Opposition's allegation stating that Land Acquisition Act, 1894, had become obsolete and its compensation provisions were highly inadequate, while Land Acquisition Act, 2013, brought in by the UPA government, would have turned India into “a nation of incomplete projects”.

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