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National: Land acquisition bill gets clearance by cabinet

On 13 Dec 2012, the Land Acquisition Bull was cleared by the Cabinet of ministers. It makes it necessary to get consent of 80% of people for a private project to acquire a particular piece of land. With respect to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) there is a similar mandate but of 70%.

 

This bill was finalized by the Rural Development Ministry and presided over by the Prime Minister, India. One of the advantages of this bill is that while the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 had no provision by which land which has not been utilized could be returned, this bill comes with such a provision.

 

Social activist, Medha Patkar, has been very critical of the particular land bill as well as the nature in which it was passed. According to her, the process of passing of this bill, overlooking the reports of the standing committee is antagonistic to parliamentary democracy. As per her knowledge, while the bill has introduced the precondition of acquiring consent of the occupants of a land before acquisition for private and PPP projects, no similar mandate has been made for government and infrastructural projects.

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