Clearing his party’s stance on the land acquisition bill, Union minister of rural development Birender Singh on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will always work for the national interest and not for any private player.
“We are going to use to the land in national interest,” the union minister said.
However, when asked what sort of activities the government is planning to do on the acquired land, the minister excused deliberation and said, “Let us assume we are planning to start some defense work there. We cannot reveal such things ahead of time as it may jeopardise our nation’s security.”
“However, we want to make it clear that we not acquiring land for any private player. Instead the land will purely be used for activities that are in nation’s interest,” Birender Singh added.
The government is going to promulgate a fresh Land Acquisition Ordinance before the present ordinance lapses on April 5.
Ready for the suggestions from all the political circles, the minister said, “We are reshaping the bill again. And all the political parties, whether, it is the Congress or any other party, are welcome to give suggestions so that it the law could be made more farmer-friendly.”
“This time we want to get a general consensus,” he said.
The minister said that it depends upon ones perception how he wants to see “if acchay din have come or not?”.
“First of all one cannot be judged within this short span of time. More importantly, if you want a yardstick, then check how many scandals or frauds have surfaced during these last eight months,” said the minister.
The minister was here to attend a seminar on “Women Empowerment through Animal Husbandary” organised at the Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS).