“As far as the interests of farmers are concerned, especially compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement, our party and the government have already decided we will not compromise on any condition related to beneficiaries, particularly farmers. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is committed to protecting the interests of farmers,” Gadkari said, adding time-bound rehabilitation to farmers was a priority.
BJP-ruled states had accused the earlier United Progressive Alliance government of having introduced the Act in haste and with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections. Gadkari said, “State governments have raised several objections to the Act and we have assured them, keeping in mind the federal spirit of the Indian Constitution, we will prepare a report on their suggestions and present it to the prime minister.”
His comments followed a day-long meeting on the Act with state revenue ministers and other officials.
Those in the know said representatives from most BJP-ruled states complained implementing the law was difficult.
Earlier, at a meeting of state finance ministers with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the land law was said to be a major stumbling block to rapid economic growth.