Land Acquisition

  • Centre seeks consensus for changes in Land Acquisition Act 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The central government on Monday sought "consensus" to bring changes in the Land Acquisition Act to make it more investor-friendly but said it was not happening due to the "contradictory views" within political parties which are wanting changes in the legislation. Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari also hit out...
  • States seek easier land sales in reform challenge for Modi July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: States eager to kick-start major infrastructure projects have proposed radical changes to land acquisition laws that are blamed for stalling billions of dollars' worth of roads, railways, ports and power installations. According to a confidential government paper seen by Reuters, several states want to do away with obtaining landowners'...
  • Jairam Ramesh hails Gopinath Munde's decision to give priority to sanitation May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday welcomed his successor and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's statement that he would give priority to providing proper sanitation to every household and developing backward districts. The Congress leader, who passionately pushed the issue of sanitation during his stint in the...
  • SC order on Land Act has drawn clear lines on implementation: Jairam Ramesh April 1, 2014

    Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the Supreme Court judgement upholding the retrospective clause of the new Land Acquisition Act has drawn "clear and humane lines" for the implementation of a significant clause in the law. He said that the March 14 judgement by a two-judge Supreme Court bench...
  • Modi government counters Kejriwal's claims on Gujarat farmers March 26, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The battle between Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is intensifying by the day. The Modi government in Gujarat has rebutted Kejriwal's allegations against the state's land acquisition policy. The Gujarat government has said that its land...
  • BJP is a master in corruption, does nothing for the poor: Rahul Gandhi November 28, 2013

    While urging the voters to bring "the right party" to power, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at BJP during a rally in Banswara in poll-bound Rajasthan on Thursday. He said,"Dalits, poor and adivasis not only need road, airports, railways for their development but also need education. BJP just gives...
  • BJP is a 'master' in corruption, says Rahul Gandhi November 28, 2013

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Banswara in poll-bound Rajasthan on Thursday. He was in Amethi on November 26 in his parliamentary constituency to inaugurate two trains and lay foundation of a new railway line in Salon area. A day before visiting Amethi, he had hit out at...
  • BJP leaders misleading people with false promises, says Sonia Gandhi November 27, 2013

    Once again, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi attributed the credit of the rise of Rajasthan as one of the most developed states of India to Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Congress government, while addressing a rally in Sikar on Wednesday. "Rajasthan today is among states that are developing and that is because of Congress party’s...
  • Sonia Gandhi praises Gehlot government, says Rajasthan no more a backward state November 23, 2013

    Congress chief Sonia Gandhi attributed the credit of the rise of Rajasthan as one of the most developed states of India to Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Congress government, while addressing a rally in Kota district of poll-bound Rajasthan on Saturday- her first rally in the state this month. While on a trip to inaugurate...
  • West Bengal: Tata wants to retain Singur land, keen on returing November 12, 2013

    Tata Motors, on Tuesday, told the Supreme Court that it wanted to keep the leasehold rights over the 997 acre land, allotted by the Left Front government at Singur in West Bengal as it is keen on returning to the state with next phase of expansion of the Nano car...
  • Bastar rally: Sonia takes a dig at BJP govt over Naxal menace, says we sacrificed our leaders November 7, 2013

    While addressing a rally at Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon in Bastar on Thursday, Sonia Gandhi chided the Raman Singh-led BJP government on issues of security, employment, poverty and governance. "The Chhattisgarh government only talks big when it comes to security but hardly does anything. Tribals feel unsafe due to the atrocities. The Congress...
  • BJP plays air conditioned and industralised politics: Rahul Gandhi October 24, 2013

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party's 'Indian Shinning' campaign, accusing the party of suppressing the voice of people and instead claiming that it was working for their development. Calling the BJP of being anti-poor, Rahul claimed that the Congress was working at the ground level for...
  • They killed my grandmother, father; will kill me too: Rahul Gandhi October 23, 2013

    Like his rallies in MP, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was seen striking an emotional chord with people while addressing a rally in poll-bound Rajasthan's Churu district on Wednesday. AICC General Secretary and party in-charge Gurudas Kamat, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and PCC President Dr Chandrabhan also attended the rally at...
  • Sonia Gandhi inaugurates railway plant in her constituency October 8, 2013

    Rae Bareli: Nobody in the country can acquire land from farmers without their consent following the passage of the Land Acquisition Act, which promises adequate compensation to land losers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Tuesday. Speaking at a public meeting after laying the foundation stone of a forged wheel plant...
  • New Land Acquisition law can weaken Maoists, says Ramesh October 1, 2013

    Kolkata: The new land acquisition act passed by parliament will weaken the hold of the Maoist rebels if it was effectively implemented by the state governments, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in Kolkata on Tuesday. "If the act is implemented in letter and sprit in the left-wing extremism-affected areas, the...
  • Rahul Gandhi to hold two rallies in Aligarh, Rampur on October 9 October 1, 2013

    While confusion prevails on the fate of rallies of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress has gone ahead and decided to hold two rallies for Rahul Gandhi in the state. The Gandhi scion and Congress vice-president would be addressing the two rallies at Aligarh and Rampur on...
  • Babulal Marandi criticises Land Acquisition Bill, says it will harm tribal masses September 30, 2013

    Criticising the Land Acquisition Bill, which was recently passed in the Parliament, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) (Prajatantrik), on Monday, said that it would make the state's poor tribals vulnerable. "Land is the only source of livelihood for the tribal masses in Jharkhand and this Bill will snatch away their bread and...
  • Congress to hold public rallies to advertised UPA's achievement September 30, 2013

    In a bid to reach out to the people with the UPA government's two flagship legislations on food security and land acquisition, the Uttar Pradesh Congress would organise rallies across the state beginning October 9. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will address the rallies in Aligarh and Rampur on October 9, said...
  • Jairam Ramesh blames 'flawed' Land Acquisition law for Naxalism September 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Around four crore tribals have been displaced over the last few decades as the existing land acquisition law did not provide for rehabilitation and this paved the way for spread of Naxalism, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday. "Due to no provision of RNR (resettlement and...
  • New Land Acquisition Act not anti-industry: Jairam Ramesh September 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Sunday allayed fears of Indian industry and said the new Land Acquisition Act would make projects economically viable. Terming the new act "historic", Ramesh said it was "humane, its thrust is on rehabilitation and resettlement and in the national interest, as it promotes...
  • Odisha govt responsible for delay in Posco project, says Jairam Ramesh September 25, 2013

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday held the Odisha government responsible for delay in the implementation of the Rs 52,000 crore mega steel project by South Korean steel major Posco. "The Centre has accorded all statutory clearances for the project since three years. Despite that, the state government has...
  • India Inc needs to be sensitive to larger social issues, stresses Jairam Ramesh September 22, 2013

    India Inc must be "sensitive" to larger social issues that will be addressed in the new Land Acquisition Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday, adding it cannot "blindly expect" the country to become a Singapore. Ramesh, the Rural Development Minister, said the industry's concerns over the landmark legislation are...
  • Rules on Land Acquisition Bill to be framed in two months, says Jairam Ramesh September 19, 2013

    Rules regarding Land Acquisition Bill, which was recently cleared by Parliament, will be notified within two months and would address the concerns of industry and other stakeholders, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in New Delhi on Thursday. An advisory committee will be set up shortly to vet the said rules...
  • New land bill to help in tackling Naxalism, says Jairam Ramesh September 17, 2013

    The just-enacted Land Acquisition Bill will help to a great extent in tackling the problem of Naxalism in the country, Union minister Jairam Ramesh claimed on Tuesday. "The new law would help in solving the Naxal problem to a great extent as it (Naxalism) is basically associated with the issue of...
  • I don't mind giving in to pressure if it is legitimate: Ramesh on Land Bill amendments September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the government went out of its way to accommodate the concerns of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "I don't mind giving in to pressure, if the pressure is legitimate". In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Rupashree Nanda,...
  • Rahul Gandhi deserves all the credit for the Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Claiming that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Land Acquisition Bill to be notified early next year, says Jairam Ramesh September 15, 2013

    The Land Acquisition Bill would be notified by early next year after framing of rules, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday and stressed the legislation will play an important role in curbing Maoist problem. In the next two months, the ministry would frame rules under the Act and it would...
  • Land Acquisition Bill can reduce Naxal influence, says Jairam Ramesh September 15, 2013

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said the passage of landmark Land Acquisition Bill could gradually eliminate Naxal influence in tribal-dominated areas. "Naxalites are holding their influence in tribal areas on the issues of forest and land. In the new Land Acquisition Bill various options are made available for...
  • Will Vadra's land dealings cast a shadow on Cong's hard sell Land Bill? September 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Not enough provisions in Land Bill to protect farmers' interests: Babulal Marandi September 13, 2013

    Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi on Thursday demanded direct elections to the posts of Prime Minister and Chief Ministers in the country. "There is a need for a change in the system by introducing direct elections which would give people a chance to elect their PM/CM directly," Marandi, President of...