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Land Bill: Government formulates committee to supervise rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

NDA government’s move to bring the amended Land acquisition law has seen a widespread protest from the farmers.  As reported by Economic Times, “The government’s move to issue an ordinance that dropped the mandatory social impact assessment and the consent clause for five sectors in a bid to spur infrastructure development and industrialsation” remains a bone of contention.

Therefore a top notch committee has been formulated which will scrutinize and supervise the implementation of the rehabilitation and resettlement act. This committee will comprise of 25 members chaired by the secretary of various central ministries, revenue secretaries of Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu. The committee will ensure that all the provision of resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) as prescribed in the act are enforced even before the land is acquired. This step will help the government to prove its good intensions.

The R&R provisions of the 2013 Act include rehabilitation and resettlement amount payable to the family, a house to be allotted in case of displaced families, onetime subsistence allowance and transportation allowance, payment for cattle shed and shops, one-time payment to artisans and small traders as well as a provision for mandatory employment to be provided to the members of the affected families.

The government brought about changes in the original law through an ordinance on Dec 29,2014 which they later passed in the government in the parliament during the budget session and was given consent in the Lok Sabha after the government made nine fresh changes to the act to pander to the demands of both allies and opposition. The most important infusion consisted of compulsory employment clause.

Moreover under the original law, land acquirers needed 70% consent of land holders in case of public and PPP projects and 80% in case of private ones and the maximum time allotted for social impact assessment was 6 months. But now according to the proposed law, the projects related to affordable housing, defence manufacturing, public-private partnership projects, industrial corridors and rural infrastructure are not subjected to mandatory consent of landowners and their social impact assessment.

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The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

The assault of the government official has created a furore among fellow colleges and they have demanded an unconditional apology from Arvind Kejriwal

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Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA. Wikimedia Commons

By Vikram Khajuria

The recent controversy created by the AAP’s (Aam Aadmi Party) elected MLA has shaken the whole of the administrative department. The body representing bureaucrats has come up in full force to protest against the atrocities done by AAP members.

One of the two legislators who had allegedly attacked Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Amanatullah Khan yesterday surrendered at Jamia Nagar police station.

Anshu Prakash alleged that he was bundled up by the AAP’s goon inside the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on the pretext of some kind of meeting.

Also Read: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Police have apprehended the second AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal on Tuesday night itself.

The assault of the government official has created a furore among fellow colleges and they have demanded an unconditional apology from Arvind Kejriwal.

Anshu Prakash alleged that he was bundled up by the AAP's goons inside the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on the pretext of some kind of meeting.
Anshu Prakash alleged that he was bundled up by the AAP’s goons inside the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on the pretext of some kind of meeting.

The crisis has led Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to intervene in this matter and hence a report is sought from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the same.

The AAP is trying to paint the whole scenario in some other way by calling it a nefarious design by BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party). But it is quite evident from the facts that AAP is trying to hide its heinous face by blaming BJP for all this fiasco.

Police have confirmed the assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. Thus, it leaves us in no doubt that AAP party members have got the thirst for power in their head and they are claiming themselves above the law and order. It is the same government which promised the Delhi people to revolutionize the whole system but the current developments are pointing the needle towards raw craving for power and money by the Arvind Kejriwal led government.