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Prez gives nod to re-promulgation of land ordinance

Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has given nod to re-promulgation of the controversial land ordinance, which could not be converted into law during the recently concluded Budget Session of Parliament, for the third time.

The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had yesterday decided to re-promulgate the ordinance, saying it was necessary for maintaining continuity and providing a framework to compensate people whose land is acquired.

The President has given assent for the re-promulgation of the ordinance, official sources said here today.

The ordinance has been promulgated for the third time and it is the 13th executive order of the NDA government since it came to power in May last year.

The measure was promulgated for the first time in December last year to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The ordinance was replaced by a bill.

While Lok Sabha has passed it with 10 official amendments, the government has not taken it to Rajya Sabha as it lacks numbers there.

The ordinance was re-promulgated in March this year and lapses on June 3. To re-promulgate the ordinance, the government had prorogued Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session.

An amended land acquisition bill is under consideration of a Joint Committee of Parliament.

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