Government ready to retract all controversial amendments made to 2013 Land Bill: Sources


The government on Monday said it is ready to retract all the major amendments made to the controversial Land Bill of 2013 and has already accepted clauses moved by opposition party Congress.

The amendments made key changes to the already existing law on how to acquire farm land for industry. It was told to be the centerpiece of BJP’s economic reform agenda.

It will now be up to individual states to pass their own laws for business-friendly land reforms.

Last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced key changes to the bill cleared in 2013 by the Congress-led government, opposition parties came out in strong protest calling the amendments ‘anti-farmer’.

Earlier this month, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said, “Either the Centre must build a coalition and pass the land bill quickly, or give the flexibility to the states to pass their own laws.”

The bill amendments had earlier been cleared in the Lok Sabha in March but the same changes were stalled in the Rajya Sabha, where the current government is a minority.

Although the government has used a series of back-to-back ordinances to introduce new rules, it has so far not been able to get Parliament’s consent, which is necessary in order to make the changes permanent.