Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Land Acquisition Bill is not against farmers and he was surprised by the rumours spread against the legislation by Opposition parties to gain political mileage.
“This Bill is aimed at welfare of farmers and villages… just want to correct Land Bill’s flaws. I am perplexed to learn about so many rumours spread against the bill,” Modi said while addressing the country’s farmers in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Modi said the Bill was 120-year old and has been in force for over 60 years since India gained independence. Therefore, it needed some amendments to benefit the farmers.
The Prime Minister claimed that lies were being circulated about the Bill.
“We had supported the law in 2013 but then we realised some shortcomings. States have also been opposed to the law. Even Congress-ruled states didn’t implement it. After seeing this we though the need to change this law,” Modi said.
“The lies being spread are to prevent the progress of the nation,” Modi added.
He further said that social impact assessment would only delay land acquisition and increase red tape
“We are not saying what the previous government’s intentions were but we just want the farmer to benefit from the law, Modi added.
He said the amendments were being made in consultations with state governments and they were free to amend the law as they want.