Govt. pitches for passage of land bill

RSTV Bureau
M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs

M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs

Union government on Tuesday made a strong pitch for passage of the Land Acquisition Bill saying that it is willing for “some sort of understanding” to approve it parliament.

Government said that passage of the legislation is necessary to make land available for the programme of ‘Housing-for-All’ by 2020.

“Land is a major issue. Want some solution whereupon people of different parties try to find some sort of understanding on Land Bill at the earliest,” said Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The Land Acquisition Bill has been stuck due to differences opinions among political parties on amendments introduced by Modi government.

Congress party has been contending that new provisions are anti-farmer and pro-corporate.

Naidu said that land is acquired for affordable housing and no one could create hundreds of houses without that.

He said in the development of housing sector, development and environment must go together as we cannot afford to cause damage to the nature.

After amending the 2013 Act four times through ordinances, government had to finally give up the ordinance route in August last.

The bill is now pending before a Joint Committee which has been seeking extensions.