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Govt clinches broad consensus on Land Bill, to be tabled in Par

Govt clinches broad consensus on Land Bill, to be tabled in Par

New Delhi: Government Thursday clinched a "broad consensus" on the contentious Land Acquisition Bill, paving the way for its consideration and passage in Parliament in the Budget Session which resumes on Monday after a month-long recess.

"We have reached a broad consensus on the Land Acquisition Bill," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters after a 90-minute all-party meeting here.

Government agreed to a key demand of the BJP, which had suggested that instead of acquisition, the land could be leased to developers so that its ownership will remain with the farmers and would provide them with regular annual income.

The government is learnt to have agreed to amend the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, to provide for an enabling provision for states to enact laws in this regard as leasing of land was a state subject, government sources said.

However, the Left parties and DMK still have reservations on the Bill with the CPM demanding consent of all the families affected due to the acquisition of land.

"There is a lot of dilution from the original Bill. The current version is against the interest of farmers. We will move amendments when the Bill is taken up in Parliament," CPM leader Basudeb Acharia told reporters.

DMK leader T R Baalu claimed that the Bill was against the federal structure of the Constitution and his party cannot agree to it.

The DMK, which withdrew support from the UPA last month on the issue of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, has been asked to make its suggestions regarding the issues related to the Bill by Friday.

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