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PTI / The Hindu /BANGALORE, July 9, 2011.
Displaced farmers, whose lands are being acquired by the government for development projects during a protest against land acquisition laws and the forcible eviction of people from their habitat in New Delhi. File photo - AP.
Against the backdrop of rising protests from farmers over acquisition of their land, the Centre has decided to bring in a new legislation governing the exercise with a focus on farmers’ welfare, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Saturday.
The Bill, being fine tuned currently, was expected to be introduced in the coming monsoon session of Parliament, he told reporters here.
“The focus of the new legislation would be on protecting the interests of farmers, their welfare and also on sustainable development. We need to balance farmers’ welfare and sustainable development,” Mr. Moily said.
The proposed law would also address issues concerning rehabilitation of farmers after acquisition of their lands.
Government was keen on passing the legislation in the next Parliament session as it cannot afford delay in the wake of conflicts over land acquisition increasing day-by-day, he said when his attention was drawn to Rahul Gandhi’s padayatra in Uttar Pradesh where farmers have been protesting land acquisition by the Mayawati government.
That bill need to address the following:
01) Project activity that takes away the farm lands should create more jobs than it takes away from the Agricultural Sector;
02) Is ecologically responsible in all senses than one;
03) Should make the affected farmers partners in progress of the project.
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