QUICK POINTS: Intrvw with Cong’s Jairam Ramesh over amendments to land acquisition bill he helped become the law


Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, a key architect of the land acquisition law of 2013 which the NDA now wants to amend. His take in quick bullet points:

1. Bewildered. In September 2013 BJP’s Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley & RS Prasad wanted us to incorporate their points in the bill and they were incorporated. Sumitra Mahajan led standing committee also deliberated on this

2. Doors open for forcible, excessive, multi crop irrigated land

3. We are going to 1894 instead of looking ahead to 2084

4. Do not do anything without consent. Here that is taken away

5. BJP govt has not tinkered with compensation or R&R but it has taken with consent and Social Impact Assessment

6. Have seen in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh & Odisha how land acquisition has given ammunition to the Maoists

7. Don’t see BJP getting any support from any of the opposition parties over this ordinance

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