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Medha warns of stiff resistance to changes in land acquisition act
The Free Press Journal, July 6 2014, Mumbai: A fear has been expressed that the NDA government is planning to change two key provisions of the act which are regarding ‘consent’ and ‘Social Impact Assessment’
Mumbai : National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) would oppose any attempt by the Union government to change the Right to Fair Compensation, Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act- 2013, alliance leader Medha Patkar has said.
In a statement issued by the alliance, a fear has been expressed that the NDA government at the center is planning to change two of the key provisions of the act which are regarding ‘consent’ and ‘Social Impact Assessment’. These provisions were introduced to do away with the anomalies in the colonial act, since farmers and weaker sections dependent on the land were never consulted or made a participant in the process of development planning.
NAPM has also demanded that Ministry of Rural Development should work on implementing the Act by drafting the rules for its implementation and get States to do the same. They have also demanded mandatory SIA provisions for the irrigation projects and establishment of a National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Commission on urgent basis.
NAPM has also called upon progressive forces, people’s movements and political parties to join this fight against corporate loot of the natural resources at the cost of livelihood of the millions.