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New law to give states say in land buys


To maintain a fine balance between allies’ pressure and investors’ sentiments, the UPA government will let states decide their own limits on acquiring land for private projects. In its ambitious Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, the Centre has bypassed recommendations of a parliamentary panel and will give states the power to fix their own ceilings.


The draft bill prepared by UPA-1 ran into a hurdle over the states’ role in buying land. UPA-2 waited till 2011 to bring the bill in Parliament as ally Trinamool Congress didn’t want it before the assembly polls in Bengal.


The Jairam Ramesh-led rural development ministry now aims to have the bill passed in the coming monsoon session of Parliament, official sources said.


Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool — that heads the government in West Bengal, has a blanket objection to the states’ role in acquiring land for private industries. The SP, however, wants states to have the power to acquire land to help set up industries.


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