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Things you need to know about the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement ( Amendment) Bill

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Modi government has been able to get the LARR Amendment Bill successfully passed in Lok Sabha through a voice vote along with 9 new amendments, to incorporate opposition`s suggestions.

While Congress, BJD and TRS decided to stage a walk out, the government was able to pass the Bill with the help of NDA allies.

The new amendments involve –

  1. Removal of Social infrastructure from the exempted category.
  2. Land acquisition for industrial corridor can only be up to 1 km on both sides railway line or Highways.
  3. Government must ensure that land acquired is bare minimum required for the project before issuing acquiring notification.
  4. In case of wasteland including arid land, concerned government must conduct a survey and maintain a record.
  5. Land acquired for private hospitals, educational institutions will be not considered for public purpose.
  6. At least 1 member of affected family of a farm laborer will be compulsory employed.
  7. Hearings will be carried out by Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation Authority in district where acquisition takes place.
  8. Court can take cognizance of offence under CrPC.

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Faces First Defeat in Congress

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal.

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the Parliamentary Front of Agriculture (FPA), at the Clube Naval, in Brasilia, Jan. 19, 2019. VOA

Brazil’s lower chamber handed right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro his first defeat in Congress on Tuesday, the day before his government presents its most important legislative proposal to rein in a gaping budget deficit and spur growth.

The house voted overwhelmingly to suspend an executive order by the Bolsonaro government that altered Brazil’s freedom of information law to broaden the number of officials allowed to designate data and documents as secret or ultra-secret.

Lawmakers voted 367 to 57 to fast-track a bill overturning the secrecy measure and government whips were unable to muster votes to avoid defeat.

The bill must still be voted on by the Senate, but the reversal showed that Bolsonaro, who took office on Jan. 1, has not yet been able to organize a coalition in Congress to back his legislative agenda.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro will send to Congress his plan to overhaul Brazil’s generous and costly pension system that eats up more than half of federal spending and is the main factor behind an unsustainable budget deficit.

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FILE – Gustavo Bebianno in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2018. VOA

Approval of pension reform is vital for the recovery of investor confidence in Latin America’s largest economy.

The defeat on the floor of the house came one day after Bolsonaro fired a senior minister amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party’s congressional candidates in the October elections.

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The ousted minister, Gustavo Bebianno, was instrumental in getting Bolsonaro elected but had a run-in with one of the president’s sons, triggering the weeks-old government’s first cabinet crisis.

In a note to clients, analysts at Eurasia Group said the scandal indicated the administration’s political team was in disarray, but they still expected the pension reform to get passed, albeit in a less ambitious version. (VOA)