Govt to soon bring new land acquisition law: Chidambaram

With unrest continuing in parts of Uttar Pradesh, the Government today said it will soon bring in a new land acquisition law for better compensation and rehabilitation to farmers.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told a news conference here that the new legislation would be introduced in Parliament in the next session.

He, however, did not rule out the possibility of an ordinance laying out the new land acquisition rules till then.

Mr Chidambaram said the government had earlier drafted the law but failed to build political consensus on the issue, which is why the bill could not be tabled in Parliament.

"We must have a new land acquisition act. Consensus building has taken some time," he said.

The Home Minister said the government had made some amendments to the land acquisition draft Bill. "I can say with a fair degree of certainty that there is consensus now. It is the government’s intention to introduce that Bill in the next session of Parliament," he said.

On the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, he said it "is not a very happy situation".

His comments came as clashes between police and farmers led by political activists continued today, a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was arrested and then released for staging a sit-in in support of the farmers.

"Many villagers, farmers are protesting on the issue of acquisition of land and compensation. Political parties are espousing the cause of farmers and some lives have been lost, that is distressing," Mr Chidambaram said.


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