Telangana gets new land acquisition Bill
| Updated On: 2016-12-29 06:11:16.0 | Location :
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the state government has the power to make the act under Article 254 of the Constitution.
Amid protests by opposition Congress and TDP members, Telangana Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed several bills, including land acquisition.
Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao, who moved the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Bill, 2016, said the bill is for government projects and not for private ventures.
“If it is SEZ, if it is a private industry, we will go by 2013 Act (made by parliament),” Harish Rao said. He further said that the bill would provide a fair deal to land owners.
In response to Congress's K Jana Reddy, who contended that the Assembly cannot pass the bill if it is an amendment to the 2013 land acquisition act, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the state government has the power to make the act under Article 254 of the Constitution.
Several states in the country have already passed such acts because the 2013 act was passed by the then Congress-led government “without mind being applied to it”, Rao said.
Congress MLA T Jeevan Reddy said the bill should benefit those affected by land acquisition and that it should stand legal scrutiny. TDP floor leader A Revant Reddy claimed that the bill was being passed with retrospective effect of prior to the formation of Telangana.
It is to be noted that other bills passed during the day included VAT amendment bill, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (second amendment) bill and the Telangana Acts (Repealing) bill.