The government on Monday introduced the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha even as the Opposition opposed the move. Overruling the Opposition objections, the Speaker allowed the introduction of the Bill.
The bill was earlier cleared by the Lok Sabha on March 10 during the first half of the budget session to replace an Ordinance which had brought sweeping changes in the earlier land bill brought by the previous UPA government in 2013.
Following massive opposition to the new bill, government could not introduce it in the Rajya Sabha then. To prevent the land acquisition Ordinance promulgated on December 31 last year from lapsing on April 5, the government got its Ordinance repromulgated.
The re-promulgated ordinance carried all the nine official amendments that were incorporated when the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. While the Opposition, mainly Congress, has been saying that the government should not make the passage of the bill a prestige issue, the government is keen that the bill becomes a reality but wants to dispel the “anti-farmer” tag, which the Opposition has sought to label it with over the issue.