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Modi says deadlock over land acquisition impacting rural development

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New Delhi, July 15, 2015

Modi chairs meeting of NITI Aayog
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the political deadlock over land acquisition was seriously impacting rural development, including the creation of schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation projects.
In his opening remarks at the second meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog here, which discussed the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, he appealed to everyone that political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that would facilitate development of the rural areas, and greater prosperity for the farmers. 
He said the matter is now before the Parliamentary Standing Committee, and therefore, ahead of the upcoming Parliament session, it was appropriate that the suggestions of States be listened to, once again. 
The Chief Ministers of nine Congress-ruled states as well as those of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal stayed away from today's meeting.
Those who attnded the meeting included Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states as well as those of Bihar, Delhi.
The Governing Council, which comprises Chief Ministers of all States and Lt Governors of Union Territories, is headed by the Prime Minister.
The contentious Land Acquisition Bill brought by the present government, which has proposed several amendments in the law passed by Parliament during the tenure of the previous Congress-led UPA government, has been passed by the Lok Sabha but has run into rough weather in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party does not have the required numbers.
Mr Modi told the meeting that the Centre and States must move together to end poverty. He pointed out that, as far as paying enhanced compensation is concerned, there are no differences in the stands of the Centre and States. 
He reiterated  the vision of his Government that state units should be the focus of all development efforts, as part of "Team India".
Mr Modi recalled that Chief Ministers had always felt that development policies at the Centre should be framed in consultation with the States. He said that the last one year had been a good beginning, with States being taken on board in the planning process, and State Chief Ministers taking the lead in sub-groups of the NITI Aayog. 
The Prime Minister said that after formation of his Government, several States had raised concerns with regard to the implementation of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. He said many States had felt that development work was suffering due to the provisions of the 2013 Act; and some Chief Ministers had requested for changes in the Act, and sent letters to this effect. 
The Prime Minister said that the Ordinance was promulgated in response to these development concerns of the States, and also to ensure that farmers continue to receive their legitimate due. 
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