Govt not to re-promulgate land ordinance: PM

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Facing stiff resistance on the Land Acquisition Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the government will not re-promulgate the Ordinance which expires on Monday and declared readiness to accept any suggestions to benefit the farmers in the pending bill on it.

Apparently referring to the political opponents, he said lot of misapprehensions had been created over the Land bill and fear was instilled among the farmers, even though states had suggested amendments to the Act of 2013 for the benefit of villages and villagers.

“I have said it earlier also. The government has an open mind on the Land Acquisition Bill, about which there is a lot of controversy. I have said it again and again that I am ready to accept any suggestion for the benefit of farmers,” Modi said in his monthly radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

“We had promulgated an Ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill which will expire tomorrow. I have decided that it should be allowed to expire. It means restoration of the situation that prevailed before my government took over,” the Prime Minister said, while insisting that the voice of farmers mattered the most to him.

The government had issued the Ordinance thrice so far as the Land bill could not be passed in Parliament due to stiff resistance by most of the opposition parties as well as some ruling NDA allies.

Sources earlier said the Rural Development Ministry approached the Attorney General to seek his views on whether the clause on removal of difficulties may be used to include the 13 acts, which were kept out of the ambit of the Land Acquisition Act 2013 when the law was passed during UPA rule.

In his radio address, the Prime Minister also gave his first reaction on the recent Gujarat violence over the quota issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incidents, which claimed at least ten lives, had upset the entire nation.

“The recent incident of violence in Gujarat has upset the entire nation. Whatever happens to the land of Gandhi and Sardar Patel, the nation is shocked and pained first,” he said in his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Appreciating the people of Gujarat, Modi said their cooperation helped in controlling the situation. “In a very short time, my Gujarati brothers and sisters controlled the situation. They played an active role and did not let the situation worsen and peace was restored in the state.

Urging people to work together for development, he said that development alone will solve all problems.

Talking about social security schemes like Jandhan and Suraksha Yojana, launched on Raksha Bandhan day yesterday, and PM said he was happy to note that these had received acceptance in a short span of time.

Referring to the Suraksha Bandhan insurance scheme, PM said he had broadly come to know that 11 crore families have got associated with it, half of them being women.