BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday formed an eight-member committee to seek farmers’ suggestions on the proposed land acquisition legislation which has been stoutly opposed by several farmers’ organisations.
The committee, of which former Union Minister Satyapal Malik is the convener, will hold discussions with farmers and other organisations on land acquisition.
The Committee comprises seven party MPs, including Malik, and has a chartered accountant too.
The other members of the Committee are Bhupender Yadav, Ram Narayan Dudi, Hukam Dev Narayan, Rakesh Singh, Sanjay Dhotre and Suresh Angadi, besides chartered accountant Gopal Agarwal.
Several farmers’ organisations have voiced serious concerns on the proposed amendments in the bill, fearing that it will be detrimental to farmers’ interests.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has so far met with representatives of 27 such organisations and more meetings are slated.
Government is claiming that the amended bill to replace the land acquisition ordinance is “pro-farmer” but the opposition parties have termed it as “anti-farmer” and have opposed the move in both Houses of Parliament.
Agitation against this controversial bill is going on; Social Activist Anna Hazare blamed the government of being apathetic towards farmers as he launched a two-day protest against the controversial land acquisition ordinance in the New Delhi.
Opposition also attacked Government on this issue and move out of the house in Lok Sabha when the bill was tabled.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav slammed the Centre for “taking an anti-farmer stand” with the introduction of controversial land acquisition bill in Lok Sabha and warned of its serious implications for the future of the country.