Land Bill: The British were fair about this, says Patkar

The recommendation of a Parliamentary panel to reject a key provision in the land acquisition bill allowing the government to acquire plots for private companies, will help farmers, said Medha Patkar, a social activist. "That much of justice for the farmers was expected," said Patkar on CNN-IBN.

The Standing Committee’s report, which insists that land acquisition by the government can only be done for infrastructure and social projects and not for private profit, will make it impossible for the


Industrialists to acquire land with government's help. When CNN-IBN asked how industrialisation would take place, "Industries are used to purchasing the land. Already there is so much of vulgar economic disparity in the country...Reliance, Mittals and Tatas can buy over districts, townships in this country," responded Patkar.

"But at the same time we feel that even though there is purchase of land by the private enterprises, there should be certain major rehabilitation that must be pre conditional," added Patkar.

Updated Date: May 18, 2012 11:24 AM

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