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UPA's Land Act was defective, says Jaitley

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, February 26: Defending the NDA's ordince amending the land acquisition law, Fince Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Act ected by the previous United Progressive Alliance government was "defective" and "against India's security interests".

Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's Address, Jaitley asked Congress not to create an atmosphere where infrastructure and industry were treated as "bad words".

Noting that a campaign had been launched that the ordince brought by the tiol Democratic Alliance government was "anti-farmer", he said the law ected by UPA had put 13 Acts dealing with acquisition in the exempted category where no consent or social assessment was required, while the ordince has carved out five exceptions where the complicated process of land acquisition will not apply.

He urged Congress members not to make any remarks which create an atmosphere deterimental to industry.

"I request you with folded hands. Don't create an environment where infrastructure, industry become bad words," Jaitley said.

He said that defence and security was among the five areas in the exempted category in the ordince, adding the UPA law had provided defence in the urgency category but not exempted category and land acquired for the purpose required social impact assessment and consent of 70 percent of people dependent on the land.

"It was a defective piece of legislation against India's security interests," Jaitley said. He also took a dig at Shiv Se, a part of ruling NDA, which has spoken against some provisions of the ordince.

"You are more tiolist than us. How this (UPA law) plays with tiolism, think about that also," Jaitley said pointing to Shiv Se member Sanjay Raut.

He said the government was willing to share with some members of Congress how the Land Act had come in the way of raising some strategic installations.

Jaitley also noted that rural infrastructure including irrigation was in the exempted category in the ordince, which seeks to amend the law to remove consent clause for acquiring land for five categories - defence, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors and infrastructure projects including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects where the central government owns the land. IANS

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