Modi govt likely to re-promulgate land ordinance for record 4th time

New Delhi (PTI): The government is likely to promulgate the land ordinance for an unprecedented fourth time after conclusion of Parliament’s Monsoon Session, with no consensus still in sight on the contentious bill.

The Joint Committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP S S Ahluwalia, which is looking into the contentious legislation, meanwhile plans to seek a two-week extension till August 3 to finalize its report.

Indications are that the panel is unlikely to come out with its report during the Monsoon Session and could seek further extension, making it necessary for the government to re-promulgate the ordinance once again. The ordinance was promulgated for the third time on May 31.

Sources in the government see nothing unusual in the re-promulgation of the land ordinance. They said at least 15 ordinances have been promulgated twice or more.

An ordinance, which has a life span of six months otherwise, has to be re-promulgated if it does not get the endorsement of Parliament within six weeks of the start of a session. Monsoon Session starts on July 21 and ends on August 3.

The government has so far maintained that re-promulgation was necessary for maintaining its continuity and providing a framework to compensate people whose land is acquired.

Congress, which has been opposing the new land bill brought by the Narendra Modi government, had fiercely attacked it when the ordinance was re-promulgated on May 31.

Sources in the government, however, say that at least six ordinances have been promulgated thrice during various governments including UPA-II. UPA II had promulgated two ordinances thrice—the ‘Re-adjustment of Representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Ordinance, 2013’ between January 30, 2013 and Septmeber 27, 2013, and ‘The Securities Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013’ between July 18, 2013 and March 28, 2014 in the 15th Lok Sabha.

‘The Buidling and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service), 1996’ was promulgated twice by the Congress government led by P V Narsimha Rao and repromulgated again by United Front Government headed by H D Deve Gowda.

The same happened with the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Ordinance, 1996, the Arbitration and Conciliation Ordinance, 1996 and The Depository Ordinance, 1996 which were promulgated twice by the Rao government and once more by the Deve Gowda dispensation, which succeeded him.

Sources in the government indicate there is little possibility of the government, which has just completed the first year of its five-year term, opting for the joint session route to pass the bill and invite further criticism for pushing the law ‘through force’.

The Joint Committee of Parliament, which is struggling to arrive at some sort of consensus on the vexed land issue, had earlier decided to seek one week’s extension till July 28. However, as it was not found sufficient, it decided to have its tenure extended further till August 3.

Originally the panel had to submit its report on the first day of the Monsoon session beginning July 21. The panel will have to take the nod of Parliament for the extension when the session begins. The panel has decided to seek a two-week extension in one go now, the sources said.

Out of 672 representations that the committee received, 670 have opposed the amendments being brought by the NDA government in the land bill, particularly dropping the consent clause and social impact survey. So far, 52 representatives have also appeared before the committee.


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  1. Dear readers,

    There is similar equation RSS thoughts and Jews illegal colony expansions.

    The great RSS Guruji’s Golwalkar writes that the “hostile elements within the country pose a far greater menace to national security than aggressors from outside”. He identifies three major “Internal Threats: I: The Muslims; II: The Christians; III: The Communists”. A long chapter impugns the patriotism of these groups, speaking darkly of their “future aggressive designs on our country”.

    In order build similar to Jews ‘Promised land’ PM Modi’s RSS political wing BJP need strong land grabbing ordinance in the name of ‘development.

    While Mahatma Gandhi said “The future of India lies in its villages” ,PM Modi’s Hindu Rashtra wants development from over crowded city to smart city.

    Nearly half-a-billion Indians – or 48% of the population – lack access to basic sanitation and defecate in the open.Modi who promised ‘Toilets before temples’ not even able to deliver his promise like ‘black money’.A senior police official in Bihar said some 400 women would have “escaped” rape last year if they had toilets in their homes.

    A nation of 1 Billion plus when nominated in Hollywood with a tag of ‘Slum Dog’ and 30 crore people still live in extreme poverty in India,with New poverty line: Rs 32 in villages, Rs 47 in cities, How does Modi ambitious land grab will help the nation?

    Is Didi’s far cry against TATA’s ambitious NANO to vacated. IS Modi favouring her government in an exchange for ‘Saradha scam’ to ‘go-slow’ for majority vote in Rajya Sabha to pass the bill? Is Amma is going to maintain is ‘vault’ of expensive Saris collection with Modi’s blessing for vote of confidence?

    It is noted that all the massive new projects are favoured to BJP election sponsors in recent days. Is Ambani and Adani will build empire over the bodies of poor who barely afford ‘Roti, Kapda’ makaan’?

    Is sabka saath,sabka vikas of Modi’s future India cities will atleast have fresh OXYGEN to breath?

    Jai hind

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