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New land bill gives thrust to rehabilitation: Indian Minister

Sep 30, 2013

Govt is working towards promoting transparency in land sales, said Jairam Ramesh, India’s Minister For Rural Development.

India’s Minister For Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has said that new land acquisition bill gives thrust to rehabilitation and resettlement. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai today the minister said that the new act promises fair compensation to the farmers and those who lose their lands.

He said the new act applies only to the land acquired by central and state authorities for any public purpose, while there is no bar whatsoever, on purchase of private land. Ramesh said his Ministry has been working towards improving land records management in the country and promoting transparency in land sales.

He informed that 1,000 crore rupee National Land Record Modernization Programme is being implemented with focus on computerization of land records, digitization of maps and resurvey.

Allaying the fears expressed by the Industries that the new land acquisition act would make projects economically unviable, Mr. Ramesh said there are ample opportunities for purchasing land by the industries in the new bill.

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