Congress Legislature Party leader in Haryana, Kiran Choudhry on Tuesday described the land acquisition ordinance of the NDA government as anti-farmer, unjust and pro-corporate.
"The UPA government had brought such a good, comprehensive and pro-farmer bill, but the NDA has diluted it just to benefit the chosen few," said Choudhry, in a press statement.
She also lambasted the NDA government for taking the ordinance route and circumventing the parliamentary procedure of bringing the bills to both the Houses and then getting them approved. "What was the tearing hurry to bring the ordinance? Is it just because the NDA fears that the changes may not stand the scrutiny of law," she asked.
The dilution opened the doors for forcible and excess acquisition as well as diversion of land owned by
farmers, she added.
Choudhry said removal of the consent clause made land acquisition easier and mandatory for the farmers to part with their lands under the PPP mode.
"It is totally unjust, anti-farmer and adds insult to injury of the farmers who are suffering. In fact, the changes comes as a double whammy for the farmers who have already been deceived by the central government by not implementing the Swaminathan commission report", the former excise and taxation minister added.
"They (farmers) will have to part with their valuable lands for the meagre compensation as and when the government wants to benefit its near and dear ones under the so-called PPP mode," she said, asking if it was the New Year gift that the government was giving to the farmers.