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Jaitley: Centre to permit states to make changes to land act

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New Delhi: The NDA government will permit states to make amendments to the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. In an article on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s website, Jaitely said he was of the opinion that the 2013 Act “is a badly drafted legislation” with a “lot of ambiguities and obvious errors” which need to be corrected. He said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had made changes to the 2013 Act on the suggestion of state governments but Congress changed its position and opposed the ordinance first issued in December last year for “political reasons”.

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He said the ordinance brought by the NDA government lapsed on Monday and questions were being raised about the nature and future of land acquisition in India. Referring to the prime minster’s meeting with chief ministers in Niti Aayog on the land bill, Jaitley said the state governments could decide on exemptions from consent and social impact assessment in any of the five areas including projects for national security, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors and infrastructure projects where land ownership is with government. The Modi government in its new land bill had provided for these exemptions but the BJP subsequently changed its position in the joint parliamentary committee which is examining the bill. Congress chief ministers had boycotted the Niti Aayog meeting on land bill with the party making it clear that it was opposed to changes to the 2013 Act which was passed during the rule of United Progressive Alliance government.

Jaitley said that objective of 2015 ordinance was to give certain flexibility to the states.”That flexibility is made available to the states even now under the decision taken in chief minister’s meeting,” he said. Jaitley said that the present position was that “the 2013 Act occupies the field”. “The bill remains for consideration of the standing committee and if some consensus suggestions are made, the same would be implemented. If any state wishes to make some amendments in the central law, the same would be permitted by the central government,” Jaitley said.

(IANS)

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: OBCs, STs and Upper Caste Hindus Swayed it for NDA

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA's largest support base was upper caste Hindus

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The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata. Pixabay

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) got maximum support from the Other Backward Castes (OBCs), followed by Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs), according to the IANS-CVOTER analysis of the voting pattern in the General Election 2019.

Among the social groups, 47.1 per cent of OBCs voted for the NDA against 43.2 per cent STs and 39.5 per cent SCs.

The NDA got overwhelming support across the broad spectrum of social strata.

In comparison, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got maximum 30.1 per cent of ST votes followed by 29.8 per cent of SC and 25.4 per cent of OBC votes.

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Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA. Pixabay

A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA’s largest support base was upper caste Hindus as 51.6 per cent of the community voted for the Narendra Modi-led coalition.

The UPA, on the other hand, got 40.8 per cent share of the Muslim votes. Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA.

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The UPA got 28 per cent Sikh and 27.8 per cent of the Christian votes. Barring Muslims, all other religious groups went with the national trend of favouring the NDA. (IANS)