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Won’t renew ordince on land acquisition: Modi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 Aug 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Aug 30: Prime Minister rendra Modi on Sunday said his government will not renew the land acquisition ordince that lapses on Monday.

He said the ordince, which was to lapse on Monday, will not be renewed and added that a statutory order would ensure that farmers get higher compensation for their land under 13 other central acts including those for highways and railways.

"We had issued an ordince which lapses tomorrow (August 31). I have decided, let it lapse. We will not renew it," Modi said during his radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday.

The Prime Minister, in his nearly 20-minute address, said there were 13 points, referring to already existing acts for acquiring land. He said the rules would be changed to give farmers higher benefit under these laws.

Modi said a statutory order was being brought to include 13 central Acts to extend benefits to those farmers whose land is acquired. "The government's heart is clear on the land Act. We are ready to accept any recommendation that favours the farmers." "The ordince will lapse, but those 13 points (Acts) will be brought under the rules so that the farmers do not suffer economic loss," he said.

According to official sources, a statutory order issued by the government will ensure that farmers whose land are acquired under the 13 acts like the Land Acquisition (Mines) Act, 1885, the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, and the tiol Highways Act, 1956, get higher compensation.

The executive order issued under section 113 of the land acquisition law, ected by the erstwhile Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, extends compensation and resettlement benefits under the law to the land acquired under 13 central acts so far not covered.

This would mean the land acquired for any purpose would now be eligible for the high compensation and resettlement under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 -- the UPA version of the Act. The ordince was brought after the Bharatiya Jata Party-led government failed to get its amended land acquisition bill passed in parliament. The ordince has so far been re-promulgated thrice. IANS

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