The revised Land Acquisition Bill incorporating recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee is proposed to be introduced in Lok Sabha for its consideration, the Rural Development Ministry said today.

In written reply to a question, Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Kumar Adhikari said, “Based on the recommendation of the Standing Committee or otherwise the amendments to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Bill are proposed to be introduced in the Lok Sabha for its consideration.”

He said adequate provisions have been made in the proposed LARR Bill 2011 to protect the rights of farmers on land and to check the number of displaced families due to land acquisition.

Replying to a question on protests conducted by farmers against land acquisition, Sisir Kumar Adhikari said, “There have been demonstrations by farmers in protest of land acquisition in some states recently.”

He informed the House on the safeguards prescribed in the revised LARR Bill for displaced farmers and checks against indiscriminate acquisition by defining public purpose and scope of urgency for it.

“It (LARR) endeavours to protect multi-cropped irrigated lands from land acquisition, so as not to adversely affect food safety of the country,” the Minister said.

(This article was published on August 9, 2012)
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