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    Government to back states' power in Land Acquisition Bill


    The cabinet will most likely allow states to acquire land for certain public-private partnership projects and private projects.

    Government to back states' power in Land Acquisition Bill
    NEW DELHI: The government is likely to stand firm on its proposal to allow states to acquire land for certain public-private partnership (PPP) projects and private projects in the land acquisition bill.

    The cabinet will consider later this month the revised land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement bill that incorporates some of the changes proposed by a Parliamentary committee that reviewed the bill before moving it for passage in the monsoon session of Parliament.

    "The Cabinet note on the revised land acquisition bill 2011 is a mix of what the initial bill proposed and the proposals by the standing committee on rural development. We hope for a Cabinet approval as early as next week," a government official told ET.

    The bill to ensure fair compensation to land owners whose land is bought either by the state or private players.

    The bill, introduced in Parliament in September last year to replace the 117 year old land acquisition Act, was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by Sumitra Mahajan. The committee submitted its recommendations in May this year, proposing that government should not have any role in land acquired for private players and PPP projects.

    The revised bill incorporates the original proposal to allow acquisition of land for production of public goods and services by private players and PPPs provided more than four-fifths of land owners give their consent.

    The government has accepted the standing committee's proposal of letting states decide what should be the threshold for compulsory provision of relief and rehabilitation by private players.

    The initial bill had proposed a threshold of 100 acres in rural areas and 50 acres in urban areas.

    States will also be free to decide what percentage of multi-cropped land they would want to sell. The revised bill seeks to pay land owners in urban areas twice the market rate and the ones in rural areas four times the market rate, as in the original proposal.

    The SEZ Act, the Cantonments Act and the Works of Defence Act are also likely to brought within the ambit of the proposed act.

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    Dr. K. U. Mada3041 days ago
    Whatever the purpose for acquisition of land, a basic fact that should be kept in mind is that minimum possible land should be acquired. The tendency of acquiring more land than required for the purpose should be curbed. The first question that the approving authority must raise is as to whether so much of land is required for the purpose in hand. Many economic activity could be undertaken and completed with much less than what the acquiring entity demands with a view to make profits from appreciation of the land prices in future. Absolute need to curb the tendency.
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