Parliament passed the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on Wednesday, which was moved by Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, was adopted by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha.
Replying to a debate on the Bill, the minister said the law had been amended 11 times earlier. “This is the 12th amendment and it has been brought for limited purpose,” he said.
The bill seeks to amend a provision to allow the Centre to re-issue the notice of acquisition to ensure that the property owner gets an opportunity to be heard.
The Lok Sabha had passed the bill in December 2017. Putting at rest the apprehensions of the members of the House, Puri said this was solely for defence and national security purpose.
Participating in a debate, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said the Bill should not breach the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, which ensures double compensation for land, if acquired for public purpose in urban area, and four times in rural area.
“Enhanced compensation was the feature of law for which all political parties had unanimously and enthusiastically supported in September 2013,” he said. According to that law, compensation for land acquisition for even national security and defence was not tampered and entitled to enhanced compensation, Ramesh said.
“I hope that this bill no way depresses the compensation that a land owner is entitled under the 2013 law,” the Congress leader said. Sushil Kumar Gupta of AAP said the amendment should not act against the interest of farmers.
Tiruchi Siva of DMK wanted to know whether the compensation would be paid under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
Responding to the queries, Puri said, “It is not the intention of this government to bring a legislation which would undermine the way (of compensation), which was done in 2013″.
He added the Modi government was committed to provide fair compensation for land acquired, which was reiterated through the Bill.
(With agency inputs)