Decan Herald, Jan 30 2015, Bengaluru: The State government will redraft the rules for the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, following the Centre promulgating an ordinance bringing in changes to the Act.
The State Cabinet, which met on Thursday, decided to refer the rules to the law department for redrafting.
Karnataka was one of the first states to notify the draft rules (June 2014) for the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act gazetted by the UPA government that year. Objections had been called for and the final rules were to be notified anytime.
The rules stipulated that developers would need the consent of 70 per cent of the landowners in the case of public-private partnership projects and up to 80 per cent of people whose land is acquired for private projects.
The rules provided for compensation of four times the market value in rural areas and two times in urban areas. Land acquisition for the Upper Krishna Project was one of the first mega projects to come under the new Act.
However, the rules will now go back for redrafting following the NDA government on December 30 last amending the 2013 legislation. Sources in revenue department said changes made to the original Act will have to be incorporated into the rules.
For instance, amendments that relaxed the requirements of consent and Social Impact Assessment survey for projects in the areas of defence and defence production, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors and social infrastructure projects will have to be reflected in the new rules, the sources said.
The process of redrawing the rules is likely to be completed by February-end following which the draft will have to be notified and objections called from the public once again, the sources said.