President okays re-promulgation of land ordinance for third time

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President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo: Shailendra Pandey
President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo: Shailendra Pandey

President Pranab Mukherjee has given approval, for the third time, to re-promulgate the land ordinance, which could not be formulated into law during the recent session of Parliament.

The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime  Minister Narendra Modi, had decided to re-promulgate the ordinance on 30 May, saying it was necessary to maintain continuity and provide a framework to compensate people whose land is acquired.

An amended land acquisition bill is under consideration of a joint committee of Parliament.

The first meeting of the Joint Committee of Parliament on the contentious land bill on 30 May saw many opposition members questioning the government’s rationale behind changing the provisions of the 2013 law.

The ordinance has been promulgated for the third time and it is the 13th executive order of the NDA government since it came to power in May last year.

The measure was promulgated for the first time in December last year to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The land ordinance was replaced by a bill. While the Lok Sabha has passed it with 10 official amendments, the government has not taken it to Rajya Sabha as it lacks majority there.

The ordinance was re-promulgated in March this year and lapses on June 3. To re-promulgate the ordinance, the government had prorogued Rajya Sabha during the Budget session.

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