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Joint Committee on Land Bill to submit its report in Parliament on August 11

Joint Committee on Land Bill to submit its report in Parliament on August 11

The issues that the panel would take up next week include the one relating to the time-frame after which unutilised acquired land must be returned to its original owner.

New Delhi: With consensus already in place on key issues, the Joint Committee on the Land Bill will submit its report before Parliament on August 11.

The panel, which has decided to meet again on August 10 morning before Parliament convenes, is also likely to move a motion in Lok Sabha seeking a fresh extension as its deadline expires on August 7.

"We will submit our report on the Land Bill to Parliament on August 11," BJP MP SS Ahluwalia, who heads the panel, said after a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Having arrived at a unanimous agreement on six key issues, including on bringing back the consent clause and social impact assessment in the land acquisition law, the Committee aims to finalise its view on three other issues at its August 10 meeting.

The meeting, which was to happen on Tuesday, was postponed for six days following a demand for the same by Congress on the grounds that one of its members on the panel from Lok Sabha was not in a position to attend the deliberations due to suspension from the said House along with 24 other party MPs.

The issues that the panel would take up next week include the one relating to the time-frame after which unutilised acquired land must be returned to its original owner.

The government has already expressed readiness to accept recommendations of the committee -- which has restored provisions of the UPA law -- insisting that it was not a climbdown as it was always open to changes on which there was consensus.

Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said on Tuesday that the government has maintained from the very beginning that it has no objection to accepting good suggestions from any institution, political leader, party or farmers.

"What will be our stand will be known only after August 7. It all depends on what report the Joint Committee gives and whether whether there has been a consensus in the report of the joint committee or dissent notes were given," he had said.

The panel had Monday approved changes in the Modi government's Bill, including on the consent clause.

The way for a possible climbdown by the government was facilitated by all 11 BJP members moving amendments in the Joint Committee seeking to bring back key provisions of UPA's land law, among them the consent clause and social impact assessment, by dropping the changes brought in by the Modi government in December 2014 and subsequently revalidated thrice through Ordinances.

first published:August 06, 2015, 22:35 IST