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Union Minister hopeful of land Bill consensus

The joint parliamentary committee formed for scrutinising the Land Acquisition Bill will evolve a consensus for passing it in the monsoon session of Parliament, Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh has said. Mr. Singh, who was here on Friday to inaugurate the second edition of the ‘International Conference on Deepening Democracy,’ told reporters that amendments had been made to the draft Bill to expedite land acquisition for developing infrastructure, promoting industrial activity, and also in the interests of farmers so that they would get a four-fold increase in compensation upon giving up the land. Provisions have been made for rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, he said.

The Minister said that State governments can select technologies that suit their needs for waste management and providing drinking water. Referring to the Kuttanad project, the Minister said saline water intrusion had created a drinking water crisis in 14 panchayats in the project area and about 3.4 lakh people were affected.

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The State government can seek the support of any agency, including the World Bank or the IMF, for addressing the crisis.


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