The Prime Minister said the "biggest lacuna" in the 2013 Act was that 13 areas of government activity, like railways, national highways and mining, for which maximum land is acquired, were kept out of its ambit, meaning that compensation for acquiring land for these purposes would be paid on the basis of the 120-year-old law. "Tell me, isn't it a lacuna? Isn't it a mistake?...We corrected this and in the new bill, these activities have been covered and as a result, four-time compensation will be given for the land acquired," said. Source: Firstpost
The PM tried to explain why he got rid of the consent clause.
"What we're saying is that the consent process will force a kind of bureaucratic and authoritarian result. Imagine a village, and a road leading up to it. Now there's another village 5 km ahead of this one, and the road needs to reach there. The first village already has a road, but the villagers' lands are mostly ahead past the road, towards the next village. Tell me, will the people of the first village give up their lands so the road can be built further? Will they give their consent? What did the other village do wrong? Does he not deserve a road?" Source: Scroll.in
"Tell me, isn't it a lacuna? Isn't it a mistake?...We corrected this and in the new bill, these activities have been covered and as a result, four-time compensation will be given for the land acquired," he said. Source: Firstpost
Social Impact Assessment done away? To protect farmers from red tape. Source: Firstpost
"I say today as well that for corporates and private industry the consent clause is there, it's there, it's there," he said. Source: Firstpost
"Tell me brothers and sisters, do we want the children of our farmers be compelled to settle in the slums of Mumbai and Delhi," he said, making a case for industrialisation in rural areas.