Opposition builds up Left & Right to Land Bill
Business Line, June 23, 2015
farmers? organisations and trade unions as well as farmers?
outfits supported by Left parties have found common ground in
the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act.
appeared before the Joint Parliamentary panel on the Bill on
Monday and Tuesday, opposing the amendments and warning the
government of serious repercussions if it proceeds with the
amendments. Sources in the panel told BusinessLine that except
industry chambers such as the CII, FICCI and Assocham, most of
those who had deposed objected to the amendments tooth and nail.
?We have got more
than 800 representations; 36 organisations were allowed to
depose before the panel. Most of them, other than four or five
organisations, mostly representatives of industries, opposed the
present Bill,? a panel member told BusinessLine.
Another member said
the responses from the farmers? bodies were very serious. ?We
fear going ahead with this law will create an anarchic
situation,? he added.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Kisan Sangh and Vanvasi Samaj appeared
before the panel on Monday.
Former BJP general
secretary and RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya said he favours the
2013 legislation more than the Modi government?s law on the
He questioned the
Centre?s haste and wondered why so many Ordinances were being
brought when farmers are protesting against the law.
?Now this message
has gone far and wide that the earlier law is being changed to
promote the interests of industrialists and capitalists in place
of the interests of the common man and farmers,? he told the
CPI(M) Polit Bureau
member and All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah
also slammed the Bill.
brought by the BJP-led NDA Government through the Ordinance
route systematically withdraw each one of these minimal
safeguards. They are a step backwards and reinstate the
anti-peasant framework of the Colonial Land Acquisition Act of
government has sought to ignore the massive protests against the
proposed Amendments and repeatedly promulgated Ordinances to
push through their position,? he said in the submission, adding
that even the 2013 law had several lacunae.
He also questioned
the government?s intention to remove industrial corridors from
the ambit of the law and said it will take away land from a good
number of farmers in the heartland.
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