Patna(PTI): Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government over the land acquisition ordinance, JD(U) leader…
New Delhi(PTI): The Centre appears to be having a rethink on the Land Acquisition Ordinance to accommodate the concerns of farmers, claimed members of a delegation which called on senior ministers to discuss the issue.
The delegation of farmer leaders from various organisations met Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence and expressed their concerns about the changes made in the Land Acquisiiton law by the Ordinance. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rural Development Minister Birender Singh were also present in the meeting.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of protests against the Ordinance by famers’ groups, including those affiliated to RSS, and opposition parties as the government remained firm to go ahead with a bill in the budget session to seek parliamentary nod for the contentious ordinance.
While the ministers refrained from speaking to the media, farmer leaders Yudhvir Singh of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Krishan Bir Chaudhary of Bhartiya Krishak Samaj and Punit Singh Thind of Rashtriya Kisan Sangathan told reporters that they are confident that the BJP government will listen to their grievances and make suitable changes in the law.
“We (farmer groups) were assured by ministers that the government will take into account our concerns. We have told them that the Ordinance was brought in haste and interests of farmers were ignored. Ministers heard us patiently.
“From our talks today, we are confident that our voice will be heard. The ministers said the voice of farmers should have been heard. We have got positive signals,” BKU General Secretary Yudhvir Singh said.
Chaudhary said another meeting of farmers’ bodies have been called on Monday where they will formalise their demands and present them to the government.
“It is not a matter of political parties. We cannot compromise on our interests.
Farmer leaders said their main concerns include doing away with the consent clause and social impact survey in the land acquisition process.