Lok Sabha passes amended Land Bill; Judicial Bill gets Rajya Sabha's nod
The Judges Appointments Bill is likely to end the complex system of appointing judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts.
New Delhi: The Land Acquisition Bill, which seeks to provide just and fair compensation to farmers while ensuring that no land can be aquired forcibly, has been passed by the Lok Sabha with amendments while the Rajya Sabha passed the Judicial Appointment Bill.
The Upper House passed Constitutional Amendment Bill that paves way for setting up of Judicial Appointments Commission amid BJP walkout.
The Land Bill legislation was on Wednesday passed by the Rajya Sabha. The bill was later taken up in the Lok Sabha for approval of the new amendments, which include dilution of retrospective clause with regard to acquisition of land for irrigation projects.
The bill, which will replace over a century-old law, stipulates mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent for acquiring land for Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private companies. It proposes compensation upto four times the market value in rural areas and two times the market value in urban areas.
Meanwhile, the Judges Appointments Bill will end the complex system of appointing judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts.
The Law Ministry wants judges to be appointed by a Judicial Appointments Commission, which includes members of the executive.
The Law Ministry had said judges cannot be allowed to decided their own appointments. Currently, a collegium of judges decides on appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. Under the proposed plan, the Commission, which includes the Law Minister, will take over that function.