Nitin Gadkari says will not compromise farmers’ interest in new Land Act

Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the government will not compromise the interest of farmers on the resettlement, rehabilitation and compensation clause in the new Land Acquisition Act, hinting that there won't be any big changes to the legislation, which has been criticised as being a hurdle to India's development.

Gadkari, however, said the concerns of the states will be taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the Budget session. He met state revenue ministers and secretaries on Friday.

"Our government believes in the federal system and whatever suggestions have been given by states we will take it up with the PM and pursue it further," Gadkari said after the meeting.

"As far as the interest of farmers and rehabilitation is concerned, our party and our government have already decided we will not compromise with any type of conditions which are related with the beneficiaries, particularly the farmers," he said.

Gadkari, who has been given additional charge of the rural development ministry after the sudden death of Union minister Gopinath Munde, had convened the meeting after the issue was raised by states with finance minister Arun Jaitley, who then directed the minister to collate the grievances of the states related to the new Act.

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