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‘Call meet to amend Land Acquisition Act'

Gargi Parsai

NEW DELHI: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh on Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call an all-party meeting to discuss fresh amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 to prevent its misuse.

According to him, the Bill amending the Act that was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2009 “won't solve the problem.” The Bill has since lapsed.

Speaking to journalists here, Mr. Singh welcomed UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's recent statement that fertile land must not be acquired. But the fact was that over the last several years, thousands of hectares of fertile agriculture land were acquired by governments for Special Economic Zones, golf courses and high-rise buildings.

“The Congress governments in Haryana, Maharashtra, the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP governments all are guilty of the misuse of the 1894 Act.

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