Rajya Sabha to be prorogued for land ordinance

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 27, 2015

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has decided to recommend prorogation of the Rajya Sabha (termination of the session) to the President. This will help in re-promulgation of the land ordinance.

The ordinance is set to lapse on April 5, as the first phase of the Budget Session of Parliament failed to approve the legislation and make it a law.

The Government managed to get the Land bill passed in the Lok Sabha but did not push it in the Rajya Sabha as it is in a minority there.

Constitutional provisions say that an ordinance can be re-promulgated only if both the Houses of Parliament are prorogued or if one of them is prorogued.

The first phase of the Budget session ended on March 20 and the second phase is scheduled to begin on April 20.

While the Lok Sabha will continue its session, the Rajya Sabha will now have a new session.

Compensation at stake

According to Government sources, if the ordinance lapses, farmers will not get enhanced compensation for their land, especially for 18 exempted sectors such as metro projects.

An indication on re-promulgation of the land ordinance came on May 25 when three senior Ministers — Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu and Rao Birendra Singh — said that the Union Cabinet would take a final call on the ordinance and that the National Democratic Alliance Government would not let it lapse.

Published on March 27, 2015
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