All-party meet remains inconclusive; next meeting scheduled for April 18

An all-party meeting held on Tuesday to resolve the differences over the proposed Land Acquisition Bill ended inconclusively amid conflicting views, with parties asking for more time to discuss the provisions.

While there will be a fresh round of consultations, scheduled for April 18, this time the bill will not be sent to the Standing Committee.

“The meeting was very productive. All parties agreed that … the new law … be introduced soon, and that there has been too much delay already. The bill will not be referred again to the Standing Committee,” Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told The Hindu.

“We have asked parties to send us their suggestions. We shall study [them] and respond… ,” he said.

The bill, which seeks to address the problems of industry in land acquisition for projects, provides for compensation to landowners in rural and urban areas, with a stipulation that the consent of 80 per cent of the people be necessary for acquiring land for private industry.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said all parties were asked to submit their final recommendations by April 15, and these would be circulated on April 16.

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