Land Acquisition Bill: BJP Might Propose Removing Clause For Blanket Exemption To Industrial Corridors

09/07/2015 12:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Activists stage a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in Bangalore on June 6, 2015. Modi was put on the defensive last month by the suicide of a farmer at a rally in New Delhi against the land bill, a death seized on by opponents as an example of his administration's insensitivity towards those on the land. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The deadlock over the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Bill may finally end with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government blinking, reported The Economic Times. According to the report, the central government was planning to remove the clause allowing for blanket exemption to industrial corridors when acquiring land, which was a big bone of contention.

While the report quoted various unnamed government sources who indicated that the "decision" would be conveyed to the Joint Parliamentary Committee meeting scheduled on July 16, the committee's Chairman SS Ahluwalia told ET, "I will believe anything from the government only when it's officially said before the committee."

The committee was set up in May this year after the bill was opposed in the Rajya Sabha and opposition parties joined hands protesting that the bill was "anti-farmer".

However, whether this latest move by the BJP would convince the Opposition to agree to the passage of the land bill, which was not passed in two Parliament sessions, remains to be seen.

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