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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Anna Hazare takes on Land Acquisition Bill next


With an eye on Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year, the Congress led government is in a hurry to get the Land Acquisition Bill 2011 passed. But the road ahead may not be that easy for them. Already fighting with government on Lokpal front, Team Anna has now decided to write to the parliament’s standing committee on rural development which is examining the bill.

Stating that the bill seeks to ensure a transparent process of land acquisition and also the paying of fair compensation, the committee on Saturday issued advertisements in major newspapers inviting suggestions on the bill.

For land acquisition, the bill envisages compensation four times the market value in rural areas and double in urban areas. It also proposes norms for rehabilitation and resettlement for all the displaced persons. However, the activists are not all happy about it and feel it has been done in hurry.

Now since the committee has asked for suggestions on the land bill, Team Anna has decided to send their representation. “We will definitely send our representation on this bill to the standing committee. We would also be willing to appear before them if they ask us to,” Manish Sisodia, core committee member of team Anna, told DNA.

Ekta Parishad President PV Rajagopal, another important member of team Anna, also confirmed to DNA that he would be sending representation to the standing committee. “The bill makes land as a commodity and has a market centric approach.

By this, government is facilitating transfer of farmer’s land to corporate houses. It will be bad for country’s food security. They are trying to buy people,” he said.

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