Extended, the term of joint panel on land acquisition

Article from ET Realty

NEW DELHI: The Joint Committee of Parliament examining the contentious land bill was today granted a fresh extension till the end of the first part of the Budget Session.

Committee chairman S S Ahluwalia moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha in this regard which was adopted by a voice vote.

Its term was extended earlier on November 30 by the Lok Sabha till today — the last day of the Winter session.

The resolution said: “That this House do extend time for presentation of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation amd Resettlement (2nd Amendment) Bill 2015 upto the last day of the first part of the Budget Session, 2016.”

The first part of the Budget Session usually ends in March and the second part begins in May.

The panel decided to seek more time at its meeting on December 16 as only a few states have tendered their responses on various clauses of the bill.

Ahluwalia had himself said the committee would seek a fresh extension after NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a member of the panel, pointed out that most of the states were yet to respond to the questionnaire sent to them by the committee.

When the committee’s term was extended on November 30, members from the Opposition, especially Congress, had contended that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself said that government will not repromulgate the land ordinance, which was based on the bill being examined by the Committee, there was no point in extending its term.

The ordinance had lapsed on August 31 after the government decided against issuing it for the fourth time.

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