New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Monday cleared the politically sensitive and critical proposed land acquisition Bill, a little over a month after it was unveiled to the public by the ministry of rural development on 29 July, after relaxing key provisions relating to compensation and allowing conditional acquisition of multi-crop land.

The National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement Bill, 2011, is expected to be introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, a day before the ongoing monsoon session is scheduled to end.

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  1. hemen parekh says:

    No Tax on Land Compensation ?

    In Economic Times [ 17 Sept 2011 ], Devika Banerji reports :

    “ Compensation awarded under the Land Acquisition Act for both, urban and rural agricultural land is exempt from income tax “

    That must be sweet music to our 242 Members of Parliament ( MP ) , who have declared themselves as “ Agriculturist “ by profession.

    Now everyone knows that in our country, only an “ Agriculturist “ can buy agricultural land

    But, he cannot sell it to a person who is not a farmer

    But he can sell it to Government under the Land Acquisition Act

    And at market price, too

    In the coming weeks and months, do not be surprised if you don’t find your MP in parliament

    He is busy buying some agricultural land – in this land of perennial scams !

    With regards

    Hemen Parekh

    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

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